This website is devoted to family, friends and followers. It highlights photos from the past and the more recent present, previously published newspaper columns, and my current efforts at creative writing.
On May 26, 2019, I fashioned my essay on Fromm into a guest lecture at United Universalist Church of Cheyenne. See photo to the right after the guitar pic.
My personal-experience essay, “When Mourning Becomes Family Story,” appears in the on-line literary magazine Cagibi, Issue #5. You can read it at https://cagibilit.com/ Another story, “Aftermath of a War” was published in Lit Up’s Crossroads anthology earlier this month.
My essay "Windy Acres" appeared in Blood, Water, Wind, And Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers, published by Sastrugi Press.
In July 2018 I performed at a church service in Slater Community Hall wearing a caftan that I made myself many years go. The hall is only about three miles from where I live south of Wheatland, WY. I built a home on my acreage here a few years ago.
In mid-2017, WYOFile published my lengthy news column on the hurdles we need to overcome if we wish to raise industrial hemp in Wyoming. If you'd like to read it, please click on this link:
During the years of my column writing, I sent my published writings to a discussion group. While writing columns for the Platte County Record Times, I continued the practice. You may join the group and/or send comments by clicking here:
Under "Newspaper Columns" you'll find the columns I wrote for the Wyoming TribuneEagle, which the Casper Star Tribune reprinted. Both papers changed editors in 2016, and this signaled the impending end in 2017. I had worked with WTE Editor Eckhardt since fall 2011.
A new writing log has appeared under "My News Log." In the spring of 2017, when I restructured this website, I found I could no longer use the previous blog, though it is still posted on this website.
In "Creative Writing" you will find my writing credo, several poems from my collection, A Slip of the Tongue, and a story, "Off Guard," published in the “Women Working” issue of Sing! Heavenly Muse. Then there is the curriculum vita of my working days, a (dated) proposal and table of contents of the book I once hoped to publish, and other bits and pieces of my writing efforts.
"Reviews" contains the write-up from Jeanne Bryner, the judge who awarded me the Frank D. Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award, as well as commentary by Stan Ivester, a teacher at Anderson School regarding my volunteer work. OccasionalIy I posted reader responses to my columns.
Links to my favorite writers’ groups and the websites of writers from whom I have learned appear on "Links I Like." On "Music Gallery" you'll find guitar pieces I've practiced, and their equivalent YouTube renditions by professional performers and yours truly.
"Hemp Diaries" is my latest (as of last year) page addition. The "Books Gallery" contains dust-cover copies of some of the books I like. "Picture Gallery" contains photos and snapshots that augment family stories.
Above is a picture from the time when my grandchildren visited along with a girl from Japan who was an exchange student with Amanda's family. The student is on the far right; Amanda is next to her.
With my granddaughter in her family's home near Milano, Texas.
California sons and grandsons enjoy a day at the beach. Those grandsons have grown--see my first 2017 entry under News Log.
With guitar partner Russell Williams performing at a meeting (at the library) of the Cheyenne Guitar Society.
This is Abby, a canine companion who came to me in June 2015. She was eighteen months old and had three previous owners already. For a long time she would not allow me to touch her, but this has changed. Lucky for me, she's a sucker for travel.