Travel and Book Update from Minnesota

After a drive from Whitefish to Northern MN, we were ready for a rest.  Gasoline prices fell along the way and we found the Prius is a great road car, getting 48-52 miles per gallon for the entire distance. Along with visiting many relatives and friends, we have been enjoying the lake, walking in the woods, swimming in the warm water and tossing sticks to Valkyrie. Each morning a blue heron lands on the dock and spends time surveying the area with the many ducks that congregate. We have fun watching about a dozen baby ducks that rush for cover beneath the dock when eagles fly too close.

Sister Bev and I spent a magical day and night with two other women on a “Girls’ Night Out” on Bad Medicine Lake. Silent isolation without city lights, with mournful  loon calls piercing the still night, the moon reflecting on calm water, eating excellent food with wine,  laughing out loud at funny stories,  –we found Bad Medicine was good medicine for the soul.

My presentation about Eyes of a Pedophile and how to identify child predators at the #13 Pecha Kucha gathering in Bemidji  was attended by more than 100 people. I will post the audio with slides at a later date.  Today I am happy to report the Great Falls Tribune interviewed me and published a detailed article about my book. The article is well-written and accurate.  A link is provided if you would like to read it.

Heron on Pike Bay, MN

Life in the North Woods of MN isn’t as desolate as it sounds. We saw a play at the summer theater last week and last evening attended an amazing production of Madama Butterfly.

Bev’s book club, Mazina’igan-ikwe, (Book Women) met at her home last week. Located in Anishinabe Indian country, fifteen women, all summer residents of the lake, meet twice a month to discuss books read in advance. This unique group gathers in the warmth of small cabins each season soon after the ice on the lake goes out and roads become navigable. Like birds returning after the long winter, the migration back to Pike Bay occurs.  This 5,000 acre lake (about 9 square miles) is connected to Cass Lake via a water channel surrounded by wild rice beds. Pike Bay is pristine, with excellent walleye fishing.–With broad interests, their book choices are varied. At the recent meeting, the Book Women discussed, Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger, a Minnesota author who has written a mystery series based in this area. After their discussion, I was invited to talk to about the process of writing my book and provided information to help keep kids safer.

Link to the Great Falls Tribune article:

Till next time.  Betty


About bettykuffel

Author and retired medical doctor with broad interests in writing, flying, photography and outdoor life. She has Indie published 7 books, fiction & non-fiction, all available on Amazon. Writing projects include: multiple books of fiction: a medical thriller series, a psychological thriller set in 1960 co-authored with her sister Bev, and others in process. Dr. Kuffel lives in MT with husband Tom, two dogs and neighborhood deer.
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