Sometimes something you looked forward too with a lot of anticipation turns out not as expected. That pretty much describes the past two weeks. It wasn’t my best year at the West Texas Writers Academy. I took a class about writing westerns thinking it would cover how to include historic events, what was realistic in […]

Holiday at the Beach

We had a wonderful Christmas holiday, gathering with our whole family on the coast of Oregon. The Lincoln Sands Hotel provided us with a beachfront setting, great breakfasts, and three adjacent suites with full kitchens. It was the perfect setting for our holiday. One room was designated the quiet room where those who wanted to […]

Little White Church on the Prairie

Many years ago, when we lived in Spearfish with our children, we often traveled along Highway 34 to Pierre to visit the grandparents and great-grandparents. It was a three-hour journey with Sturgis on one end and Pierre was on the other, and nothing but prairies, ranches, farms, and wide spots in the road in between. […]

2021 Reading Retreat

In spite of the uncertainty of flying, Daughter and I flew to Florida for three day of reading on the beach. Our fights out were all on time and very smooth. Our rented condo on the beach was exactly what we wanted and very comfortable. What we didn’t expect was two days of unfavorable weather; […]

Words that Say I Love You

There are many ways to say the words I love you that don’t necessarily use those words. Sadly, we sometimes misinterpret the words said, hearing them as admonitions or distrust. Then it starts, the grumbling, the bickering. The one who said the words ends up defending themselves, and it escalates. What began as an expression […]

Visits From Friends

The past several weeks have been eventful. We had a lot of visitors from down south. It’s nice to have a house that’s easy to entertain in. The views provide entertainment and new topics when conversation slows. That’s always a plus. The first part of July, we had visitors from Arkansas and Texas. Some I’d […]

Gifts from My Foremothers

My grandmothers were very different. They both worked but, one worked in an office all her life and the other was a homemaker. My dad’s mother raised six boys and a girl on very little money. She made sure her boys went to school in clean clothes and were fed. She worked hard making clothes […]

The Changing Role of Dads

In the “olden days”, child-rearing was left to the mothers, with dads only dishing out discipline when mom needed help. My mother talks about when I was born, my dad was totally hands-off with me. He would hold me occasionally but that was the extent of his part in childrearing. As I got older, he […]