FAQs (and not-so-FAQs)

Why do you live in Minneapolis?
After spending seven years in Seattle, two years in Nashville, and five and a half in Denver, in 2015 I took a job in Minneapolis. I bought a house a mile and a half from the office, because I like having a very contained life. I’m enjoying a lot about the Twin Cities, most of all the cheese curds.

Do you think you’ll always live in Minneapolis?
No. But I’ll be here until I’m not anymore.

What kind of dog is Foxy?
THE BEST. My best guess is a mix of Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, and maybe a little Husky or Sheltie. She loves rotisserie chicken, and is terrified of kids.

How do you pay your bills?
I’ve done a lot of different things over the years, in a variety of settings. Right now I work for a really amazing public radio show.

Who are your favorite songwriters?
Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters, and Sara Groves.

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Montrose High School in Montrose, CO, in 2000 – and although Montrose was a fabulous place to grow up, I couldn’t wait to leave. I fled to the Pacific Northwest where I studied music at Seattle Pacific University. It is a useless degree. But I’m glad that I have it.

What do you do in your free time?
Read, write, run, walk, eat, travel, and wallow. In no particular order.

I’m new here. Where should I start?
These are some of my most frequently visited posts (and a few I just like):
K is for Kaleidoscope
Living proof
It’s okay to be happy
You just never know
Business trips
20 things learned in my 20s
Sisters getting married, and other reflections
Fostering beauty
Labor Day
A meandering take on honesty, vulnerability, and courage

How can I contact you?
Why, you can click on the handy “Contact” tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Fancy, huh?

However, let it be known that I do not dialogue with anonymous emailers, or people who don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re.” I have to draw the line somewhere.

Why “hootenannie”?
Because “goddess of light and beauty” is a little bit too accurate. It just felt so obvious, you know?

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mar

    thank you, darlin’, for the “your and you’re”. I taste bile when I read the indifference.

  2. Apr
    Deborah Barnett

    FAQ: Does Debbie Barnett adore Annie Parsons? Answer: Why yes she does. Immensely.

  3. Aug


    Ha ha!

    I would guess, never in shame. Likely in victory. Definitely, given the chance, in a bathtub of yogurt?

  4. Sep

    Chris – definitely in victory, but more like a vat of queso.

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