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...

Read More

Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Just read Leslie Marmon Silko’s book Storyteller for the second time. It is a delightful collection of short stories, photographs, and poetry influenced by the traditional stories of Silko’s Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. It’s worth two reads because it illustrates how storytelling shapes people, families and whole cultures. The shaping is subtle and sometimes odd. Silko includes a couple of stories that stick in her memory...

Read More

Soup Kitchen Comfort Food

Soup Kitchen Comfort Food

When my husband and I moved to “the last dog-patch in Boulder,” we started inviting our friends over for Sunday Soup Kitchen. Our neighborhood is one of Boulder’s oldest and is mostly small older houses that were being used for students. Not any more. The neighborhood is close to downtown which means it’s quickly transitioning from student housing to people who want to be able to walk to everything in Boulder which is...

Read More

BLURBS : If I could Write the Book in 100 words . . .

BLURBS : If I could Write the Book in 100 words . . .

I hate writing blurbs for my own books. “If I could write the book in 100 words, I would,” are word every author has said at one time or another. Trust me, I know! Problem is getting worse, not better. Think Twitter, flash-fiction, sound bites . . . 100 words is beginning to seem l-o-n-g!!! END OF RANT Here’s the blurb for my next book. It will likely change, but I would love to hear your comments. Does it catch your interest?...

Read More

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....

Read More

What I Wish I’d Said Because I’m No Lady!

What I Wish I’d Said Because I’m No Lady!

A lady is an uptight, suburban, church-going bitch who thinks I might be dangerous. And you’re calling me a lady? A lady is hairspray and perfume shuffling down the Campbell soup aisle of the local King Soopers. Do I look like a lady to you? A lady eats salad with the proper fork and never all of it because she can’t imagine what cucumbers might do to her girlish figure. Have you seen me eat? A lady speaks softly. “Excuse...

Read More