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I’m Holly Varni. I’m thrilled to introduce you to the fictional town and world of Moonberry Lake. Tucked away in the beautiful North Woods of Minnesota, Moonberry Lake reminds you of a simpler time, yet the struggles and drama revealed will feel similar to today. You’ll hopefully find something familiar in the quirky characters that speak to you and makes you smile.

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Aging

Aging

I’m not a fan of moments that catch me by surprise. I was looking at my husband the other morning as he was reading the newspaper and nearly jumped back by how old he’s gotten. At first, I did a double take and thought, “Good grief, who is that elderly stranger...

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The Other Side of the Leap

The Other Side of the Leap

“The difference between what we fear and what we want, is the width of an eyelash.” -Maggie Smith We did it. We made the leap. We moved far away from where we had lived. Not only in miles, but in culture, politics, weather, and landscape. It’s a new life. We left the...

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Realizing that I’m Wilbur

Realizing that I’m Wilbur

Saying goodbye is never easy. It’s an emotional, heart-tugging experience that leaves you feeling somewhat lost. Almost as if an empty space opens up inside you, and you can physically feel the absence of the people you’re leaving. We meet, get to know, and then leave...

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Memories in the mess

Memories in the mess

It’s an interesting thing to try to sell your home. There’s a process. I did the obvious and cleaned out the closets, removed clutter, tidied up until everything looked spacious and sparkly. Then our realtor came through with a different pair of eyes. Ones that were...

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Where you go, I go…

Where you go, I go…

I married a man from the West Coast who loves the ocean. I use the word “love” but even that seems to be an understatement. He has a spiritual connection to the water. It’s as if the life force of the ocean is connected to his own wellbeing. I do not feel that way....

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Betty Boop gets hitched

Betty Boop gets hitched

This last weekend, Betty Boop got hitched. Some of you may remember her from "Betty Boop's "Pizzazz" Fizzles Mine." https://www.hollyvarni.com/betty-boops-pizzazz-fizzles-mine/ Walking down the aisle, she looked stunning in her layers of lace and sparkle. Her hair...

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Who said it would be easy?

Who said it would be easy?

Hanging above the kitchen sink when I was growing up, right smack in between two windows that looked out to the backyard, was a small plaque with the words, “God forbid, life should be easy!” The quote was from Alan Alda. My parents loved the actor, the TV show...

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