A Little Life Update and Adventure: Part 1

Hello all. I haven’t posted in a long while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy with life and writing related projects. I’ve been working hard. I hope to share some good news about a couple of writing projects real soon. We also have a brand spanking new grandson. Here he is saying his first hello to y’all. My husband took this photo about two hours after our grandson was born. He was born on October 30th and we drove through wind, slam-pouring rain, traffic galore and got lost twice before we found the hospital. What an adventure-filled night! … Continue reading A Little Life Update and Adventure: Part 1

The September Song

September is a time for warm sunshine between rain storms; fire smoke, football (Go Hawks!) and hunting. It’s a rough and tumble time of year , early fall. It’s a time of  year for mulled cider, and starting homemade items to give as presents come Christmas because all those presents take longer to make than you think and before you know it there will be others over wanting to work on their gifts at your place and when that happens, you’ll have to have theirs already finished and hid. It’s a time wild birds get drunk on Madrona berries and … Continue reading The September Song

The Foibles of Phonetics and Dialect

How we pronounce words influences our ability to spell them correctly. I’ve moved around enough to pick up and combine a number of dialects. There have been times I’ve spelled a word so wrong that I cannot even find it in the dictionary. This is a highly embarrassing situation to find yourself in, especially in a work environment where people are watching your every move and wondering how come you haven’t finished typing the bosses letter yet. The word spelled is a case in point. By now, I know the correct way to spell spelled is spelled, yet I type … Continue reading The Foibles of Phonetics and Dialect

About Blog Archives

This post is in response to Writing 201’s Day 5 assignment: Make the Most of Your Archives. The forget-me-not is my favorite flower, not only reminding me of my childhood in Alaskan mountains, but also of other stories I have to share.What better photo do I have reminding me about my archives? None I can think of. Let me remind readers that I’m relatively new at blogging and jumped in without any preconceived ideas about my blog’s organization. The fact that this blog can use improvement in that area prompted me to do some homework. Prior to receiving this assignment, … Continue reading About Blog Archives

The Rosie Dog Story

This story is dedicated to a teacher (of Spanish,) traveler, and blogger, Deirdre, of Amble On Tours. Although I took two years of Spanish in high school, I never was able to grasp the language for everyday use. I respect not only her skills, but her ability to pass them on to her students. The ability to communicate is paramount. Yet, sometimes rudimentary skills and our sense of community are all we have. June 6, 2003; revised July 20, 2015 We live in the country directly across the street from a main logging road. Every weekend many people like us … Continue reading The Rosie Dog Story

Memory Triggers: 6/23/15

From Instructor: • Drought experiences • Competitive people vs teamwork • Liars • Dares • Bullies • Heroes From Classmates: • Sister • School bus incidents • Getting in trouble for not telling parents • Competitive people, including children • Children interfering with the raising of other siblings • Doctors • Forest fires • Tricycles • First pet Continue reading Memory Triggers: 6/23/15

Memory Triggers Week Two

Please click here to see my home page for Memory Triggers. From Coach: • Skin So Soft • Lavender • Springy frogs • Dogwood blossoms From classmates: • Watermelons • Constant moving • Needed Roots • Existing vs. living • The Bed La Pete Club (What??? Say, I merely type these up. Sounds like some sort of interesting contest going on. 🙂 ) • The Merry 5 (We all want to read more about these things! Hoping you –whoever you are– share!) • Karl & the stroller • Roy Rogers (Trigger, Bullet, and of course, Dale Evans. Happy Trails!) • … Continue reading Memory Triggers Week Two

Memory Triggers Week One

 Please click here to see my home page for Memory Triggers From instructor: • Abandonment • Memorable camp-out/hunting trip • Issues at school (one in particular: the teacher you hates, the time you were sent to the principal’s office, classmates  bullying or teasing.) How many rode a horse to school or had to walk real far? School locker room or PE memory • Family reunions when you were a kid • Farming in the early morning From classmates: • Rabbit with pink eyes • Kindergarten • Baby brother • Age 3: falling asleep on the steps • Bedrooms were upstairs … Continue reading Memory Triggers Week One

We are Characters within Our Tales

I’m feeling a little mischievous. I arrived home from teaching my Life Stories class, took the dog for a “break,” ate lunch, and sat down here to scope out what assignments come next and what other bloggers might have said and done in my absence. Here on WordPress, a lot can happen in a short amount of time and this afternoon was no exception. Maybe it was the sandwich I ate or the breeze that’s cooling things down but I’m feeling feisty. Yet, if I’m honest,  I suspect my attitude comes from giving the Life Stories class. Today I spoke … Continue reading We are Characters within Our Tales

Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015

Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015 Greetings to everyone who signed up for the latest four-week Writing Life Stories class! Oh, it’s been a warm week and it was nice to have the door of the classroom open. We had an interesting first day getting to know each other a little bit and there are certainly some feisty and experienced writers in this group! We spoke today about the dangers of fractured memories and about the risk there is of taking something we heard as the literal truth—out of context for what it originally meant. I presented two, no, … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015