Sunday, April 5, 2020

Wild and Wonderful #Wyoming

Any time of year a drive up the North Fork Highway in northern Wyoming is a real treat. On my latest outing we saw bighorn sheep and elk galore and as usual, beautiful scenery. There is nothing like nature to uplift the spirit during difficult times. I hope everyone can find a bit of space for some fresh air and rejuvenation. Sorry the elk are a little blurry, but I didn’t want to get close enough to startle them, so took the picture from an appropriate distance.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Appreciating April

April has a number of significant religious dates to observe and a few other days of note. Appreciate April by acknowledging or celebrating the following special days.

April 1 – April Fool’s Day
April 3 – National Walk to Work Day
April 5 – Palm Sunday
April 8 – Passover (lasts 8 days)
April 10 – Good Friday
April 12 – Easter Sunday
April 20 – Patriot’s Day and Ramadan Begins
April 22 – Earth Day in the United States and Administrative Professionals Day
April 23 – Take your Daughter to Work Day
April 24 – Arbor Day

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Solitude and Social Distancing

Northern Wyoming can be a cold and brutal place with long winters, but if you know where to look there are a few places where it might just be a little warmer than others, especially in the shoulder seasons. There are several small reservoirs – Middle, Upper, and West Fork Sand Coulee – in Park County, Wyoming that are in a pretty desolate area. It can be hot and frequented by rattlesnakes in the summer, but during almost any time of the year, you can find solitude, or for now, ample social distancing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Inspiration Behind the Setting

I recently found myself in the area where I based my fictional ranch from A Dose of Danger. It was a pretty nice day for March (in the mid 30-degree range) and I was out cross-country skiing up the road a bit, but hopefully the photo will still give readers an idea of just how unforgiving the setting in the novel can be. The novel takes place in February during a particularly bad winter. If you haven’t read a Dose of Danger, which is the first in the Risky Research Series, it is available through Kindle Unlimited so there is no risk to try it. There are two others and a free prequel novelette currently available, and the fourth in the series is under contract. I’ll keep everyone posted on its status.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

World #Poetry Day

March 21, 2020 is recognized as World Poetry Day. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) founded World Poetry day in 1999 to recognize national, regional and international poetry movements The goal was to inspire the celebration of poetry all over the world, and to encourage reading, writing, and teaching of poetry.

It is believed that the first known poem appeared 4,000 years ago in Babylon. Poetry uses rhythms and imagery to elicit emotion and the imagination of the reader. Types of poems to enjoy include limericks, sonnets, ballads, and haikus, so there is something for everyone.

One of my favorite poets has always been Robert Frost. Please feel free to share your favorite in the comments and have an enjoyable World Poetry Day.