Thursday, April 27, 2017

Arbor Day

April 28th is National Arbor Day, an occassion celebrated since 1872. It began in Nebraska as a day to plant a tree to help nature and the environment, and Nebraska is still home to Arbor Day. The Arbor Day Farm is located in Nebraska City, Nebraska, it encompasses 260 acres, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. So, if you’re looking for an Arbor Day pilgrimage, visit the place where it all started. For more information go to http://www.arbordayfarm.org

Monday, April 24, 2017

Life Experiences Create Emotional Stories

Psst …Want to know a secret?

Does it come as a surprise to know authors put things from their lives into their work? It isn’t done to be silly or self-centered. I do this because it fits my story. Here’s my secret: my fictional town of Sommerville is patterned on the neighborhood I live in. In many ways, it’s almost like living in a small town.

For example: my heroine from “Raving Beauty,” Kelly, is struggling home in the pouring rain with a cast on her leg. If she takes the short cut through the flowers, she’ll be out of her misery quicker. It’s easy to say “she cut through the flower bed.”

Rounding the corner, I took the shortcut and struggled through the flower bed of Indian hawthorn and Knock Out rose bushes into my apartment's parking lot.

And an apartment complex I once lived in had flower beds filled with Indian Hawthorne shrubs and Knock-out red roses. Made sense to put these plants in the story, and for the reader, these things paint a picture which makes the storytelling more realistic.

So back to the girl in the cast…

I once had a cast on my leg. I stepped into an unfilled hole and ripped my ankle. The doctor surprised me and said I would be having one. It wasn’t the first time I’d injured that joint. The first was during half-time at a football game while performing a high kick routine. My leg came down, my foot slipped on the damp grass. Crumpling, I heard a pop-pop-pop and then giant pain. (I soldiered on and limped off the field with the rest of the dance team.)

I needed an injury for my heroine. It’s no surprise when her high heel slips into a divot in the hardwood floor, and she sails off the stage with torn ligaments.

As my heel caught another divot, grace abandoned me. With a pop-pop-pop, my ankle bowed cockeye, and this time, my worst nightmare came true. I tumbled over the edge of the stage.

My friend stepped on an unlevel manhole cover and messed her ankle up so badly, she required an operation. She became my expert on all things to repair it—surgery, recovery, pain, etc.

          He elevated my foot by the heel and slanted his head, examining. "Possibly torn tibiofibular ligaments."
          Again. I sighed.
          "Same injury you had on the football field when doing the high kick at half-time during our senior year—right, Kel?" Maggie asked. “Your foot slipped on the damp grass, slid, and you collapsed on top of it.”

I’m certainly not an expert in all topics. However, my experiences worked well for this story, and in them comes feelings, feelings I can put in the work and make it better. Make it realistic. Full of emotion. And a satisfying read.

A nice blurb: What if the love of your life was in front of you all along?
It began innocently with a few margaritas… Kelly Stinson is persuaded to represent Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse in the Chamber of Commerce’s beauty contest. After an unexpected swan dive off stage, her heart goes pitter patter over the orthopedic surgeon who repaired her ripped up ankle.

Daniel Ackerman has always had the hots for his twin sister’s best friend. Much to his dismay, her doctor has taken notice of the dark-haired beauty and invaded his territory. That’s about to change when he moves in to help Kelly recover physically and open her eyes to what’s been in front of her all along.

Preorder “Raving Beauty” in the Just You and Me boxed set for only $0.99 at:
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Did I mention I’d been a beauty contestant—twice?? Lol. What do you prefer-small towns or big cities?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Free National Park Entrance

Grand Teton National Park
During 2017 ten days have been set aside as free admission days into all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. Two have already past, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16) and Presidents' Day (February 20), but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy our National Parks for free. National Park week is April 15 to 23, 2017 and to celebrate, the weekends are free, so get out to a Park April 22-23 and explore. Other free days to watch for include:

  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Big Bend National Park

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Three Kindle Adventures for the Price of One

Experience epic adventures in the great outdoors with Marked In Mexico, Big Horn Storm, and Deadly Exodus, all for one low price with a Kindle Boxed Set. Whether Mayan ruins and jungle adventures, daring horseback escapes in the stunning and rugged mountains of Wyoming, or a run for the border through the desert southwest to leave a dystopian America behind peek your interest, you’ll find what you’re looking for in these romantic adventure novels. Oh, and did I mention hunky heroes? Meet ex-Army Ranger Jack, the future’s male perfection, Ethan, and one smoking- hot cowboy named Deuce.

The Kindle boxed set is only $3.99 and can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1cX2bho

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I just finished an adventure novel from one of my favorite best-selling authors. It had a cavern cave-in scene that kind of reminded me of one I wrote in Shrouded in Secrets. There’s nothing more terrifying than being trapped underground, unless as in Cash’s case, being drug out of the crumbling cavern by a terrified mule. Here’s a scene from Shrouded in Secrets.
Cash yanked the closest timber and caught the bundle as it fell. The ceiling groaned and rocks dislodged in a hail storm as he ran toward the first pit. He cleared the hole with room to spare, landed on his feet and kept running, hunched over. The sound of gunfire grew louder as he neared the sharp turn in the tunnel.
As soon as he rounded the corner, he was forced to lie down and shimmy forward. He pulled himself along the ground with one arm while holding his prize tight to his side with the other. He scooted past the second pit and slowed as he reached the exit. He set the bundle down, planning to retrieve it once he neutralized the threat. At the moment, he needed his hand on his gun more than the rotted leather wrap.
He was in a vulnerable position. If he just stuck his head out, it could very well get shot off, but he had to do something. Inching closer to the mouth of the cavern, the gunfire stopped, leaving an eerie quiet. He strained to hear sounds to clue him in on the situation, but silence ruled.
Suddenly the slack went out of the forgotten rope tied around his waist, tightening, forcing all the air out of his lungs, propelling him into motion. The momentum yanked him out into the daylight in a blur, dislodging his gun somewhere in the process. The speed in which he was being drug up the steep hill, across the rocks, brush, and cacti on his belly grew with each painful moment. Cash struggled to retrieve the knife from its sheath at his side, but found accomplishing the task impossible as his body bounced over the rough terrain with the rope cutting into his skin.
He abandoned all attempts to reach his blade and covered his head with his arms as he sped toward a sturdy shrub. Branches snapped and flew through the air as he scraped over the bush. Blood ran down his hands and forearms, but at least he successfully protected his skull. Fumbling, Cash finally managed to free his knife. He sawed frantically at the taut rope, realizing the mule pulling him was running full out for the lip of another steep gorge.

The ultra-strong high-tech filament line gave way, and his body skidded to an abrupt halt. He glanced up in time to see the mule disappear over the ledge, dust and rocks flying up behind frantic hooves as the terrified animal fled the danger.

Origin of Easter

With all the commercial hype surrounding the Easter Bunny, chocolates galore, and hunting brightly colored eggs it’s easy to forget the true origins of Easter. Easter is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to Christians it is the most revered day of the year. Though the birth of Christ is extremely important, to Christians, the resurrection offers the hope of everlasting life.

Most people will celebrate this spring holiday with a combination of religious and commercial traditions. However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful and meaningful Easter surrounded by family and friends

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – Break From the Routine

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.”

- Wildred Peterson- 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Adventure Scapbook - Wooden Boats in Bamberg Germany

Maybe I have a thing for wooden boats. A couple posts back I posted a photograph of a ladja (local wooden boat) that I saw while exploring the wetlands of the Neretva River delta about an hour from Dubrovnik, Croatia. So, keeping with the wooden boat theme, here’s a picture I took in Bamberg, Germany.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Days to Remember



Do April showers really bring May flowers? We’ll have to wait and see. So far this spring has been pretty darned dry. But, what we can count on are a few recognized dates including:
April 9 – Palm Sunday
April 10 - Passover (begins and sundown and lasts eight days)
April 14 - Good Friday
April 15 – Income Taxes are due
April 16 – Easter
April 17 – Patriot’s Day
April 22 – Earth Day in the U.S.

April 28 – Arbor Day

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Why I love #Fiction

The Merriam Webster definition of fiction is, “something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically: an invented story.” To me this means that fiction is limited only by the author’s imagination. As long as the story conveys its intended message or in the case of my romantic suspense and adventure novels, entertains the reader, almost anything goes. One of my favorite movies is, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. This story is riddled with implausible and unrealistic scenes, but to me it doesn’t matter—it makes me laugh, it makes me smile, it reminds me to live life, just don’t sit around and dream about. This is why I love fiction. So the next time you pick up a novel go all in. Don’t worry about if something can really happen, just relax your mind and let yourself be entertained.

Friday, March 31, 2017

April Fool's Day

I might as well lay this out up front. I’ve never cared for April Fool’s Day. Though tricks and jokes should be harmless and in good taste, so often they cross the line and make people feel bad, so generally I avoid the tradition altogether. But, to show I’m not a total stick in the mud, happy April Fool’s Day. Enjoy, but question everything and be kind to others

Friday, March 24, 2017

Time is running out on the March Giveaway Promotion

There’s only a week left to win big in the Kiss Me I’m Irish March Giveaway Promotion.  Authors from the Romance community invite you to get to know the authors and win some great prizes including 3 Kindle Fires and 4 Amazon Gift Cards.
To enter, click HERE for more information. Have fun and good luck. Registration for the giveaway ends April 1, 2017

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Prairie Dogs or Cold-Blooded Killers

Special Agent Devyn Nash wished Coterie was a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow rather than a ruthless organization with the common mission of controlling a diet product industry worth billions. How far will this organization go and can anyone stop them? Find out in the Risky Research Series.

The first novel in the series, A Dose of Danger, is set mostly where I grew up in Wyoming. A researcher and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss; however, her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy and the FBI. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart.

In the second book, A Taste of Tragedy, a corporate executive discovers the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous placing her in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets. With no one else to trust, she must seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

You can find both of these novels on Amazon here

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Loreto, Mexico

Loreto is one of my favorite cities in Mexico. It’s located on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on the Sea of Cortez. Its colonial buildings and tree-lined cobblestone streets make this small city a joy to explore and the perfect place to sit back, have a margarita and hot homemade tortillas, and enjoy the scenery.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

May the Luck of the Irish Be With You

I hope everyone has a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day. Wear your green with pride.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hometown Reads

I’m very excited about this great new community where readers can connect with Denver area authors. Other select hometowns are also listed. Learn more at at http://hometownreads.com/city/denver or follow Hometown Reads on Twitter @ReadLocal #ReadLocal

Friday, March 10, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Organic Mexican Coffee

I've never thought of Mexico as coffee country, so I was surprised to find a darn good brew in San Sebastian del Oeste located at the foot of the Western Sierra Madre in West Jalisco. The best part of travel is discovering something new and interesting. I came for the tequila and left with the coffee.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kiss Me I'm Irish


MARCH GIVEAWAY PROMOTION

Authors from the Romance community invite you to get to know the authors and win some great prizes including 3 Kindle Fires and 4 Amazon Gift Cards.
To enter, click HERE for more information. Have fun and good luck

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Marching into #March

March begins on Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of the Christian season of Lent. During the Lenten Season Christians give up something they like or that is important to them. The season lasts for 46 days. Other dates of note include March 8, which is recognized as International Women’s Day, the 15th are the Ides of March, the 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, and March 20 is International Earth Day. Also, keep in mind Daylight Savings, which begins at 2:00 a.m. on March 12 and the Spring (Vernal) Equinox on March 20.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday which will be celebrated by many around the world on February 28. Fat Tuesday began as a celebration and an opportunity to eat whatever a person wants before the beginning of the long fasting season or Lenten season. The celebration has evolved into an exercise in excess with parades, over-indulging, and other festivities. America’s most famous Mardi Gras celebration occurs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Although I doubt I’ll ever participate in this particular celebration I have enjoyed festivities on a smaller scale in many other locations and have seen the reminders of the event throughout New Orleans. How will you celebrate?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – San Sebastian, Mexico

The road to San Sebastián del Oeste is lined with spectacular scenery and wonderful rest stops where you can get fresh baked goods and hot homemade tortillas. San Sebastián del Oeste is an old colonial town and municipality located on the western part of Jalisco state. It is steeped in history and feels caught between the past and the present. Its cobblestone streets provide a thoroughfare for horses and cars alike, and both look equally in place. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – Nature’s Peace

“Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” 
- John Muir - 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, Mexico is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and an important commercial center. The city itself is worth taking time to explore, but we especially enjoyed getting out on the water and enjoying the wildlife and beautiful beaches.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to Ireland. The holiday is a day of celebrating Irish traditions, customs, history, and ancestry. Even those who aren’t Irish can’t resist the festivities associated with this often rowdy holiday. I hope everyone has a fun, happy, and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Adventure Inspirations – Similarity to Bears

“Bears are made of the same dust as we, and they breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart pulsing like ours. He was poured from the same first fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy Heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality. His life, not long, not short, knows no beginning, no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal eternity.”
 - John Muir - 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Third Novel in Series Complete

I’ve just finished the third novel in my Risky Research series, A Foundation of Fear, where even the most deadly assassin has plenty to fear. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series I hope you will do so before the third is released. The Risky Research series explores how far a deadly group will go to control the 40-100 billion-dollar-a-year diet product industry, and the lengths two dedicated FBI agents will go to stop them. 

The first in the series, A Dose of Danger, is set mostly where I grew up in Wyoming. The story begins when a researcher and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart. 

In the second book, A Taste of Tragedy, a corporate executive discovers the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, placing her in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets. 

You can find both of these novels on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/185-6333072-4947717?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Kim%20McMahill

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Dates to Keep in Mind

Here are a few dates to keep in mind this year. February 12 is Lincoln’s Birthday and the 14th is Valentines Day. Singles Awareness Day is February 15. President’s Day is February 20 and Washington’s Birthday is the 22nd. And finally, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras will be celebrated on February 28 this year, so get those beads out and get ready to party.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Whales in the Sea of Cortez

One of the best reasons to head to Mexico’s Pacific coast this time of year is for the opportunity to see migrating humpback whales. Sightings aren’t guaranteed, but if luck is on your side it can be a humbling experience. Just wish I had a better telephoto lens.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Groundhog Day

On February 2nd of each year Groundhog Day is celebrated in the U.S. According to the legend, in mid-winter the groundhog leaves his den and if he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, then spring is just around the corner. The annual Groundhog Day event is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which is why most of us know the Groundhog as Punxsutawney Phil. Phil has been making annual predictions since 1887. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook - Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world at about 956 feet above the wild Arkansas River. It was built in 1929, and held the title of highest bridge in the world until 2001 when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. The bridge spans 880 feet between the towers and has a total length of 1,260 feet. Its construction is a steel base structure covered with 1292 wooden planks. Although the park is basically an amusement park with a tram and a zip-line crossing the Royal Gorge, and other entertainments, it is also an area of stunning and unsurpassed beauty, and the park preserves the bridge and shares its historical significance with hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Whether you want an adrenaline rush of zip-lining across the gorge or just want to take in the amazing scenery, this site is worth a stop. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Adventures for a Hectic Life

If you love romantic suspense and adventure, but your life only allows for audio books during the morning commute, three of my novels are available in audible audio edition on Amazon. I’ve posted the blurbs below and just click on the title to go directly to each book’s page on Amazon. Enjoy!

ADose of Danger:  When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they are targeted by a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?   

Shrouded In Secrets: The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorists. An international team led by the ruggedly handsome, but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.


Marked in Mexico: An idyllic Caribbean vacation turns deadly when hostages are taken at one of Mexico’s most popular Mayan ruins. The kidnappers believe the abduction will be a simple way to negotiate the release of a colleague from a Texas prison, but matters become complicated and the stakes much higher when they realize one of their hostages is the daughter of a powerful U.S. Senator and another is an ex-Army Ranger who has no intention of playing by the rules. After a daring escape the Senator’s daughter, Jessica, and the ex-Ranger, Jack, must endure a terrifying manhunt and a desperate fight for survival. While trying to stay alive in the unforgiving jungle they forge a bond that will last a lifetime and find love neither wanted, but were unable to avoid. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a fascinating city architecturally, showcasing medieval, Romanesque, baroque, and Art Nouveau buildings.  My favorite spot was the main square in the heart of the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, the Charles Bridge is also a treasure trove of amazing statuary and interesting happenings, and it has an impressive view of Prague Castle. We found this city to be one of the most interesting, beautiful, and friendly that we’ve ever visited.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Bamburg, Germany



Bamburg was founded in 902. This medieval-looking city is home to the Cathedral of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II which houses the tomb of Pope Clement II. The city is also known for its Old Town Hall situated on a twin-arched bridge over the Regnitz River and its specialty smoked beer, which is an interesting flavor that is probably an acquired taste.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

An Exaggerated Adventure

Fishing stories, you’ve heard them, and the concept has become synonymous with exaggeration. No harm is ever intended, but after countless retelling and adequate time the story often morphs into something much more interesting and exciting than the original. The two pound fish that took several minutes to reel in eventually evolves into an eight pound monster which battled valiantly for half an hour before succumbing to your superior skill. This is how many of my real life adventures have infiltrated my romantic suspense novels.

I’ve explored numerous Mayan ruins tucked into steamy bug-infested jungles in several countries, yet I’ve always managed to avoid ruthless kidnappers; I’ve pondered the current of the Rio Grande, sticking my toe in to test the waters, but have somehow suppressed the urge to jump into the churning mud and attempt an illegal border crossing; and I have ridden horseback down a terrifyingly steep slope while I clutched the horn with all my might and scenes from Man From Snowy River flashed through my mind, all without a single gunshot from a foreign enemy aimed at me or my trusted steed.

So, file them away, every last one of those adventures, big and small, and maybe one day they will resurface, and after enough repetition become the fodder for that next great thriller or epic adventure novel.

Check out all my adventures on Amazon here 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Adventure Scrapbook – Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg is probably most well-known for being home to the post World War II Nuremberg Trials. But, what many people might not know is that it also has a wonderfully-preserved medieval walled-city. Every time we’ve visited, we find some sort of fun and interesting festival, crafts fair, or flea market in progress. It may not be on anyone’s bucket list, but it is a surprising city to visit.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teaser Tuesday - Shrouded In Secrets

“Here. Let me check your injuries.”
He nodded, but made no effort to take off the souvenir t-shirt he’d purchased in Mexico to replace the shirt destroyed at Señorita Ruiz’s hacienda.
Olivia eased the shirt over his head and dabbed at the scratches on his chest with a warm washcloth. Not until her fingers began tracing some of the deeper wounds, trying to determine if any debris still remained imbedded that might cause infection, did Cash acknowledge her close proximity. He reached up, grabbed her hand, and brought it to his lips.
He kissed her palm so gently that Olivia could taste his pain. Tears filled her eyes and slid down her cheeks. She wasn’t sure why his agony touched her so deeply, but it did. “I’m sorry,” was all she could think of to say, knowing it wasn’t enough.
They sat for several minutes in silence, hand in hand. Olivia hated to free herself from Cash’s warm touch, but she doubted he was ready to talk about Zara, and the guilt and fatigue in his lost eyes tore at her heart.
Olivia stood, easing out of Cash’s grasp. She placed her hands on his shoulders and gently maneuvered him back until he lay on the sofa. He didn’t resist as she unlaced his hiking boots and pulled them off, draped a blanket over him, and turned out the lamp. She touched her lips to his forehead and left him alone in the dark with his demons.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cautiously Optimistic


I was feeling a little guilty about not doing the obligatory New Year’s post, so here it is. Recapping 2016, I’d have to give the year a neutral rating, though as a whole we still feel lucky and blessed. We had our share of stress from moves, jobs, and a few minor family health issues and dramas. On the flip side, the move brought us closer to home and back to an area we love, we enjoyed a couple exciting travel adventures, and the negatives could have been a whole lot worse. On a national scale our country experienced unprecedented nastiness and negativity.

Looking forward into 2017, I’m remaining cautiously optimistic. By nature I am a bit of a pessimist, but I so desperately want to believe that 2017 will be the year that our country gets back on track. There are many national issues that are beyond most of our control like plugging the holes in our cyber-security and stopping terrorism, but there are many small things we can all do. So for the upcoming year I hope to see a new trend develop where everyone treats each other with more caring, consideration, respect, and civility.

I hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Important Dates and Silly Designations

The first Friday the 13th of the year occurs in January along with some other interesting designations and important holidays like Martin Luther King’s Birthday on January 16.  Houseplant Appreciation Day falls on January 10. I’m not sure what that entails, so I guess I’ll just say a few kind words to my anthurium. So in tribute to Trivia Day on January 4, here are a few more dates to ponder.

National Bird Day – January 5
National Bean Day – January 6
Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day – January 12
International Skeptics Day – January 13
Dress Up Your Pet Day – January 14
Penguin Awareness Day – January 20
Squirrel Appreciation Day – January 21
National Pie Day – January 23
Beer Can Appreciation Day – January 24
Australia Day – January 26
Spouse’s Day – January 26
Chinese New Year – January 28
National Puzzle Day – January 29

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – January 30