A Place Called Home: Moments from an Ordinary Life

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Author House, 2007 M08 29 - 264 pages

For twenty-five years readers of the Lake Country Echo in north-central Minnesota have enjoyed the biweekly column by Craig Nagel called "The Cracker Barrel."

His essays have been photocopied and sent to friends, cut out and taped to the wall, read aloud at group meetings, reprinted in area newsletters and, on occasion, praised or damned in letters to the editor.

Nagel's observations of the world around himsometimes witty, sometimes philosophical, always fresh and uniquehave earned him a loyal following. Now, from the hundreds of essays that have appeared through those years in the Echo, he's chosen the best and put them in book form.

Join him as he contemplates the mystery of the night sky on a midnight walk at 30 below zero, stares eyeball to eyeball in the chicken coop with an intruding Great Horned Owl, paddles his way through an autumn marsh as he and his wife harvest wild rice, and reflects upon the mystical resurrection of early-spring frogs, who days before were entombed in frozen mud.

His insights offer the reader a walk down a road less traveled, to moments filled with peace and quiet wonder. Enjoy the magic of A Place Called Home.


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About the author (2007)

Craig Nagel lives in the woods near Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, with his wife, Claire. He divides his time between writing, reading, traveling, sailing, building things of stone, and having fun with his grandkids. To date he’s published over 600 essays and several dozen children’s stories. He is currently at work on a novel.

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