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Phyllis and Jim take a walk on the lake ice with their dog.


Phyllis Alsdurf grew up on a Southern Minnesota dairy farm where one of her chores was to run down the lane and bring the cows up to the barn for milking. In that herd of Holsteins was her father’s favorite, Jay-Jay, the cow to whom this book is dedicated. Today Phyllis teaches writing at Bethel University in St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Jim, and two boxers, Stella and Sophie.

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Pyllis in her teen years.

I’ve been involved with writing in one way or another since I was a young girl. I first tried to get something published when I was in third grade. It was a terribly overwrought poem about Christmas that I sent to a girls’ magazine after writing it by hand on a piece of cardboard. Thankfully, it was never published!

But I never lost my love of writing. Eventually I went to college and majored in journalism. I have written many articles for newspapers and magazines and worked as the editor for a couple magazines before becoming a college professor. Now I teach students about writing and journalism.

I also love to garden, go on long walks, ride bike and read, read, read. No matter what I’m doing, I have our two boxers, Stella and Sophie, to keep me company.

Phyllis Alsdurf

If you would like to speak to Phyllis about this book or setting up a possible speaking engagement, please call 612-239-6528.

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