Ranch musings

We were a happy trio as we putted along in the side-by-side heading out to the corrals to join the rest of the family. Bud the dog,  Little Guy (youngest grandson) and myself were taking cold drinks and goodies for everyone, and we had a light breeze, fluffy clouds, and blue sky as our companions. Not all the family was waiting for us; our oldest daughter and her husband were at the hospital, waiting for her to have surgery, but we felt she was in good hands and...

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Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

My folks were married on May 18, 1937. They started their married life slightly in debt, lived on a rented farm, and endured drought and a depressed economy. Actually, I never heard them lament about any of the above facts; except once in a while when they were in the middle of a heated argument and they sometimes questioned why they married each other. They were  generally upbeat and seemed to handle with good humor most of life’s situations. Dad worked hard, but he...

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I love to tell the story

The Countries of Whine and Roses is now available through Tate Publishing at this link: Tate Publishing The release date is May 5, 2015 and then it should be available from distributors like Barnes and Noble and amazon.  I should have books here by the end of March. This is labeled a juvenile book. I’m new to the world of illustrated books for youth, and it has been a fascinating journey. Sometimes a frustrating fascinating journey, but never-the-less a learning...

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Our cuckoo sneezer

“A-choo! Cuckcoo.” We looked up from our menus in surprise. Who would have thought we’d hear a cuckoo clock in beautiful McKinley lodge at Denali Park? After we placed our orders, we heard it again. “A-choo! Cuckoo.” Hmm. Obviously the little bird had allergies. Behind the counter, one of the gals also had allergies. She was a cheerful young lady, but often interrupted by her own sneezing. Because I was facing the counter and could see her, it...

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New tracks in the snow

. It snowed again the other night. By morning all the old tracks were obliterated, and the prairie was a clean canvas, waiting for a new picture to be drawn with paw prints. It reminds me of the new year that already has arrived. 2015 is a clean canvas this first day of January, waiting for us to begin putting new marks across it. I truly enjoy this month and usually have a burst of energy as I sift, sort, and throw away last year’s accumulation of...

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Remembering Korea

Truthfully, I never read much about the Korean war. I don’t recall studying it in school. I don’t remember many people talking about it.  I have relatives who fought there and I heard some of their stories, but somehow the significance of this war eluded me. Merry Helms and her book Prairie Boys at War has sharpened my focus. I bought the book for Justin, and when he saw the size of it, he sighed. But once he began to read it, he continued. And he has recounted...

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