68 years – 68 reasons to be grateful

October 11 is my 68th birthday. I've had - am having - a great life. Borrowing another idea from Laurie Buchanan, author of the soon-to-be-released Note to Self, and to recognize the years with which I've been blessed, I'm sharing 68 reasons why I'm … [Continue reading]

How old do you feel? Time to Reflect.

Recently, I felt the need to journal and reflect. But where to start? I recalled a social media post I read a few months ago that offered a list of questions. As usually happens, though, I couldn’t recall exactly when I read the post or the people … [Continue reading]

Making way for new – Prairie & Writing

We lost a grand old willow tree a year ago. Age and weather took their toll, and it finally had to be removed. Though losing the willow with all the associated memories was sad, the newly opened space made room to expand our prairie. As I've worked … [Continue reading]

The Mystery of a Mystery – M.K. Tod

M.K. Tod wrote and indie-published two successful historical novels set during World War I. Her newest novel Time and Regret - published this month by Lake Union Publishing - stays true to Tod’s historical expertise while branching into new territory … [Continue reading]

Happy birthday, National Park Service

The National Park Service marks 100 years this week. One hundred years of preserving our amazing natural resources. One hundred years of educating people on our great outdoors. One hundred years of giving joy to the millions of people from all over … [Continue reading]

The Seven Year Dress – Devastation & Resilience

Today, I introduce you to Paulette Mahurin and her new WWII-era novel, The Seven Year Dress.The Seven Year Dress covers one of the darkest times in human history from the perspective of one Jewish woman who lived to tell her story.The narrative tells … [Continue reading]

How have you chipped away at glass ceilings?

"When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." Hillary ClintonNOTE - This is not a political post, so if Clinton's name inspires you to rant, take a breath, relax, and hang with me as I muse in other directions.The United States made history this … [Continue reading]

Unidentified flying objects inhabit prairie

The prairie is a strange and wonderful place. Each time I visit, I discover wildlife from both the plant and insect kingdoms I've never seen before.I'm not nearly as good at identifying the insects that inhabit the prairie as I am the plants, but as … [Continue reading]

After the fire – Beauty

We burned our prairie this spring, and the fire my husband lit spread rapidly through the dried residue of the previous year’s grasses and flowers. Within minutes, we were left with nothing but a bare, black expanse.The prairie was bare, but not … [Continue reading]

Language barrier? Don’t the Irish speak English?

International travel can be a challenge, especially if you don’t speak the local language or do so minimally. One of the advantages to traveling to Ireland is that they speak English, right? Yes and no. My recent visit to Ireland revealed a range of … [Continue reading]