Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

We took the grandchildren to Yellowstone Park last July. They were excited and loved it. I thought it had become over-commercialized but didn’t complain. No reason to ruin their first impression. One exception: I did like the Mammoth Hot Springs area. I’d never been there before and I thought the cabins were delightful. Gophers played on the lawn. We could sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery. Each morning we walked all around the...

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Permission to Experiment: One Week at Jack Kerouac School of Writing

Permission to Experiment: One Week at Jack Kerouac School of Writing

Earlier this summer, I attended a week of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, was teaching a class on writing historical fiction which has always been my emphasis. I was looking for something new. Naropa writing programs tend to encourage experimental writing and I was giving myself permission to step outside my comfort zone. That started with...

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Won Colorado Author’s League Grant!

Won Colorado Author’s League Grant!

Always good news! I won a Colorado Author’s League Grant. It will pay my tuition to attend one week of the Naropa Summer Writing Program. Naropa’s program is famous for poetry and experimental fiction. It is known as the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. It was started by Kerouac and Allan Ginsberg. I will be studying how history is/can be used in fiction–my sort of thing but with an updated/experimental twist. The...

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Making History–Suffragette Movie

Making History–Suffragette Movie

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” True that. However the new Suffragette movie now playing at my local cinema shows the cost of  NOT being-well-behaved.  Getting the vote in England was not easy. The movie shows one women losing her child because she’s “unfit.” It shows women being beaten by police. It shows them going to prison. It doesn’t show them getting raped there....

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Winner, Winner . . .Or More Like Second Place

Winner, Winner . . .Or More Like Second Place

I think short stories are harder to write than novels. Every word needs to count. You have to create a single strong impact. The short story has to be more about character than plot etc. etc. etc. Humor helps. And snakes. Yes, snake will catch the reader’s attention. I’m leading up to the fact that one of my short stories (you can read it under Fun Stuff on this website) won Second Place in the Laura Awards Contest sponsored by Women...

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One Person and Two Acres Make a Difference

One Person and Two Acres Make a Difference

Last Saturday, the City of Boulder renamed the park closest to where I live. It was a big event with city officials, flags, a mariachi band, cake, flowers, a television news crew, and a huge plaque changing the name from Canyon Park to the Emma Gomez Martinez Park. Emma was there –85 years old –dressed in purple –leaning on a cane –smiling (clearly pleased with the honor) –NOT passive.   Everyone who knew her,...

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