Laurice LaZebnik has a BS in Education from Central Michigan University. LaZebnik  taught secondary school Art and English, worked in international marketing and sales and in the local community as a volunteer. A licensed pilot and real estate salesperson, the author balances a social life with her husband with caring for elderly parents and her two dogs. She currently cheers and hoots for Herbie the Love Bug who is a Bronze Level Grand Champion Old English sheepdog, so far. To visit Herbie at dog shows across America, contact Laurice for a list of shows and dates.

The author’s knowledge of Old English Sheepdogs comes from the four who taught her all she knows from their POV during the past 20 years. Library research and interviews with neighbors whose families traded with the Bear Clan Pottawatomie provided information on the people who once lived on the land where the stories take place.



Please feel free to contact me about my writing, the Columbia Women’s Writing Group, or any other question you might have.


  • Reply Phyllis Klender April 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Hi- Gail Schmidt just sent me this link to your site. I am a member of the Friends of the Mary Johnston Memorial Library in Standish and of the Arenac County Historical Society. We would love to help sponsor a visit from you to Standish to talk about your books. Contact me and we will go from there. Phyllis Klender ( I live in Omer)
    or phone- 989-653-2762

    • Reply Laurice LaZebnik April 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Phyllis, we need to set a date soon as my schedule is filling. What does your July look like? Mine is clear but June is filling up fast. I can talk about the importance of preserving family history and the problems people have while doing research and then show examples of how I handled them in “Minnie’s Potatoes.” I have some new reviews and newspaper articles and TV interviews about writing on my website. Please check them out. I will have an online press kit shortly.

  • Reply Tom Wegener July 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Hi Laurice! Another relative reporting in. Louis and Molly Wegener (Hartman) were my grandparents. Father – Leonard Wegener. I commend you for your book and have many questions about the interesting incidents that you portray. I’m especially interested in the Frankenlust connection, since in my childhood we were surrounded by throngs of Schmidts and Schwabs at St. Paul, Frankenlust.
    I will never eat another potato without thinking of your book. We are planning to be present at your book signing on July 10 and would love to meet you. Sincerely, Tom Wegener

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