About Redux


Mary Warner

Mary Warner

July 19, 2011

Now that I’ve been blogging at The Woo Woo Teacup Journal for 7 years (October 23 is this blog’s anniversary), I figured it was time to update my About page. Don’t worry. I’ll hang on to my first rambling About page, so you can read it if you want, but I have a better sense of the direction of The Woo Woo Teacup Journal now and wanted to tighten up my introduction to new readers. (You can find the old About page by hovering over About Redux above my blog’s title.)

My name is Mary Warner and I live in Central Minnesota. I am a writer and artist or an artist and writer depending on where you catch me in my life cycle. I come from an artistic family and was never discouraged from making art. I earned a BFA in visual arts with a concentration in weaving. I practice a number of fiber arts (knitting, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, weaving), enjoy drawing and book layout and have recently been introduced to bookbinding.

While I’ve had a knack for writing since at least high school, I never considered writing as a profession until after college. I began writing for work at a tourism office (“painting pictures with words,” as my mother-in-law suggested) in about 1993. That’s when I realized writing could be a career.

I do gobs of writing in my work as Museum Manager for the Morrison County Historical Society. Along with the typical letters, emails, grant proposals, project descriptions, website text, tweets, press releases, and brochures, I write articles on local history and have co-authored “Little Falls on the Big River” and “A Big Hearted Paleface Man: Nathan Richardson & the History of Morrison County, Minnesota.” This latter book I co-authored with Nate, who’s been dead since 1908.

I also write outside of work. My writing practice includes keeping The Woo Woo Teacup Journal, authoring and self-publishing a collection of linked short stories called “Greenville: Where Longing Meets Loss,” and playing with sestinas, flash fiction, and essays.

The Necessary Disclaimers:

Whatever appears on The Woo Woo Teacup Journal is mine alone and does not reflect the views of my employer. I take both credit and responsibility for what I post.

If ever I receive remuneration for any of the products I discuss (and I’ve been known to discuss  products with more regularity than I would have expected, but hopefully not in an annoying way), I will let you know.

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4 thoughts on “About Redux”

  1. fivereflections said:

    nice to meet you through your creativity

    David in Maine USA

  2. Thank you, David. 🙂

  3. This summer we spent a few hours at the Morrison County Museum while camping at Lindbergh park. I suppose from the name I expected a focus on the lumber tycoon Weyerhaeuser, and was pleasantly surprised that it was mostly about the regular people of the county (but perhaps not enough about the natives, per usual in MN?). A beautiful location, nice building, and lots of interesting exhibits and materials to poke around it.

  4. Hi, Alan – Thanks for your comment. We do work hard to make sure we cover the history of regular people at the Morrison County Historical Society, and to cover those who may be doing important work but not getting a lot of attention for it. I wish we had more in our exhibits on the native Ojibwe, the Winnebago, who were forcibly moved to the area in the mid-1800s, and those who preceded both groups (Dakota & Mound Builders for sure). Unfortunately, artifacts from prior to the 1880s are hard to come by. We are actively collecting what we can in terms of documentation related to those who called the area home before Morrison County was organized. We were also excited to be able to add a wild ricing pole to the collection this year. I’m so glad you stopped at the museum while at the park and hope you can make it back. – Mary

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