When a memory keeping mama’s babies aren’t exactly babies anymore

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I’m writing this from a Mictrotel in Ames, Iowa, having my morning coffee and killing an hour before I head over to Iowa State University to watch my daughter’s team compete for a bid to the D3 National Collegiate Ultimate championships. My kids aren’t really kids anymore. I think you know this, if you’ve been with me for any length … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhen a memory keeping mama’s babies aren’t exactly babies anymore

What good is photoshop if you can’t have a little fun with it?

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This is Dan. Dan is my husband. Dan will occasionally do silly things that I ask him to do, like posing for this photo. He is standing at one of the many bleak entrances at Har Mar Mall, a slightly past-its-prime shopping center built in 1963 in Roseville, Minnesota. As we were walking in—he, to hit the Barnes & Noble and me, to … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhat good is photoshop if you can’t have a little fun with it?

Present Participle List for April 2017

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Here are a few things happening at present: Learning to use Tim Holtz Distress Inks. That’s right, I just typed that. It’s public knowledge. Me, the one not exactly known for anything that is not clean, simple or carefully controlled. I have known Tim for many years now, as an alumni of the esteemed faculty at Creating Keepsakes University. He hooked … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for April 2017

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Twenty-one years ago, at roughly 1:40 p.m. on a slightly overcast afternoon in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, my first child was born into this world. It would be an understatement to say that life has never been the same in the most glorious and unexpected ways. This girl, no—this woman, changed my life on that day and continues to give me … Read More

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I am into…

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Stamping, Coloring and Die Cutting—Okay, maybe ‘into’ is a bit strong, but after all these years of working in the scrapbook world, I think the allure of card making is finally calling me. It started with watching a few Jennifer McGuire process videos, and that led to more videos and that led to me getting a Big Shot (mine is … Read More

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Do yourself a favor and read this book

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The world lost a true original on Monday. Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away at the age of 51 from ovarian cancer. Many of us in this community of memory keepers are mourning the loss of a woman who inspired us to take note of the little things; to see the beauty in the seemingly inconsequential. A woman who truly … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDo yourself a favor and read this book

Present Participle List for March 2017

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Here are a few things happening at present: Preparing to turn 51 next week. You may be asking yourself, “How DO you prepare for a birthday, Cathy?” and my answer is this: wake up every day and keep breathing. That pretty much sums it up. Reading Stephen King’s The Stand. So many of you gave me a ton of great book … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for March 2017

Things they don’t tell you when you’re 20

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In less the a month, my 50th year on the planet will come to a close, opening the door to Year 51. I’ve taken many selfies during the year under the #cz50selfiesat50 on Instagram. I haven’t really taken 50 yet. After a while, selfies can feel like pulling teeth when you never really leave your house. Bottom line: vacations are … Read More

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Tell me about books that you read and were sad when they were over

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I recently finished Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and by recently I mean last night and I had started it the night before. My friend Stephanie had posted about it, and said she literally read it in one sitting. I can completely see why. I only split the days to read it because a) I needed my beauty rest and … Read More

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File under ‘there’s a first for everything’

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The time: Sunday morning. The place: our family room. The purpose: to become one with the universe… or actually just to have better strength and flexibility. The participants: Dan and Cathy Zielske, married 25 years and working on being more connected by doing more things together, like online yoga classes. Stranger things have happened. What you see in this rather grainy selfie I took was … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFile under ‘there’s a first for everything’