This month we welcome author Cheryl Minnema to our Skinny Dip tradition, learning more about this Ojibwe author who has published two picture books, Hungry Johnny and Johnny’s Pheasant, each based on memories of growing up with her brother and grandmother. Enjoy this audio interview with Cheryl by Lisa Johnson at KUMD.
What keeps me up at night: Potential dialogue for a story I’m working on.
My philosophy: Speak from the heart and you’ll never have to worry about what to say.
One habit I keep trying to break: Drinking soda.
I never thought I would: Be on television.
My mom was right about: Some day I would know how it feels to argue with a child who doesn’t want to wear winter gear.
No one knows that I: Trained to be a boxer as a preteen and boxed boys in the ring, blooding the lip of one particular boy I used to be afraid of.
The bravest thing I’ve ever done: I donated a kidney to my sister.
Guiltiest pleasure: Eating cheeseburgers.
I yearn to: Retire to a log cabin on a lake with a wood burning fireplace.
The food I can’t resist: Bread
The piece of clothing in my closet I can’t let go: Melissa Etheridge’s concert t‑shirt.
What I do when I want to feel joy: Go on a nature photo adventure in the summer.