Nepal: A Love Story

Nepal: A Love Story

(Clearly the featured image is not Nepal, but rather my parents on their wedding day in West Virginia in 1983). My parents met in Nepal in 1981. Dad describes this meeting as a humble event in chronological order. Mom describes a brief meeting with dad on her way to the hospital. She acquired a bloodstream infection from a hand cut, and some amoebic dysentery. (Very romantic). I grew up with these images of Nepal, and one of my favorite requests was, “Play a slideshow!” Dad organized rolls of faded Nepal slides and set…continue reading →
Some Green Tea Evening in Missoula

Some Green Tea Evening in Missoula

(Originally written in spring 07/edited 2015)   I have to start somewhere—so I’ll start with my tea bag quote: “You are true now, you were true then, and you shall ever be true—know this and you’ll be free.” I’m not exactly sure what this means, but my green tea tastes good.   White lilacs are blooming and the sky is still light at 8:51 PM. The air is warm—which is unusual for Montana evenings especially those in May. Heat wave could mean a bad fire season. Green tea tastes creamy.   Eastern Maple…continue reading →
How to Build a Dinosaur.

How to Build a Dinosaur.

by Jack Horner and James Gorman. (Review written by Ryan!) Since we were enjoying a working vacation in Dinosaur National Monument, I thought it would be a wonderful time to explore a Dinosaur themed book. I settled on pseudo-celebrity paleontologist and Museum of the Rockies Curator, Jack Horner’s book How to Build a Dinosaur. Co-written with James Gorman, or should I say ghost written by Gorman in weird Jack Horner first person, the book introduces a strange idea from the start and then builds up to the idea from the fossil record up.…continue reading →
Echo Park: The Center of the Universe (or the end?)

Echo Park: The Center of the Universe (or the end?)

What a fabulous month of Dinosaur Nat’l Monument and the surrounding area! Our friend Joe even spent 5 days with us (so we think he may have enjoyed the monument as well)…including multiple trail hikes. And one off-trail hike where I took us up an accidental “alternate route” as usual. (Joe on the table rock--not Echo Park). Joe was also able to experience Echo Park with us. Echo Park is a gem, and apparently “the center of the universe.” Why not? Stopped by an old homestead and Walking Dead episodes flashed in my…continue reading →
Images of the Desert.

Images of the Desert.

(Note: A well-meant college painting instructor disliked my words & painting together...since "the painting should tell the story alone." A well-meant college poetry instructor disliked my words & painting together...since "the poetry should tell the story alone." Not in the exact words, but the exact meaning. This was a while ago...Well. Sometimes I agree. But images and words combined can tell a lovely story too...)   Images of the Desert.   The trees are leafless. Sagebrush gray. Dry white snow covering the swirling rock layers with an impossibly azure sky backdrop. Boots coated…continue reading →
Curious Dinosaurs: Part II

Curious Dinosaurs: Part II

These adventures are again: in no particular order. 1. McConkie Ranch. Naomi & Bev (two park volunteers) invited me on this fun & sunny outing. This is the quirkiest place to see petroglyphs just outside of Vernal, Utah (not inside the monument). The McConkie family has done an excellent job at preserving petroglyphs & pictographs on their property. There is little vandalism. For $4 a car (based on an honor system jar) you are welcome to walk the several trails for viewing. The best trail map is posted on the fridge in the…continue reading →
Curious Happenings in Dinosaur Land: Part I

Curious Happenings in Dinosaur Land: Part I

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind of adventure in and around Dinosaur National Monument. The dinosaur remains may be 150 million-ish years old, but there is other (more recent history) here too. Here are some happenings in absolutely no particular order...   Magmasaurus Magic Volcano.   We actually purchased this in Montana, but figured our Magmasurus should be born from an erupting volcano in Utah. After three weeks, the head is a bit crooked and the sorry Magmasurus looks smashed inside her plastic cylinder. She remains the centerpiece of our table.…continue reading →
Saving $$ and Getting Educated: Continuing Nursing Education

Saving $$ and Getting Educated: Continuing Nursing Education

(Note: This piece is specifically geared towards nurses--RN or LPN--or nursing students who will eventually need to deal with this business. Anybody else might be bored...) But I just paid 100 bucks to renew my license! And the next 24 credits aren’t due until December of 2016 anyway. (At least, in the state of Montana!) Stop talking about it! (Please get away from me with that CNE talk!) (From giphy.com) Note: I’m not sure if the proper term is “credits” or “contact hours” but I am using them interchangeably to mean: Continuing Nursing…continue reading →
Fantasy Canyon: Pigmy Rattlesnakes, Power Plants, and a Witch’s head.

Fantasy Canyon: Pigmy Rattlesnakes, Power Plants, and a Witch’s head.

Fantasy Canyon is a ten-acre plot of bizarre sandstone formations. We accidentally found the place on-line, and my parents (visiting for the weekend) were thrilled to go. Before Fantasy Canyon itself is the drive to Fantasy Canyon… There was this (I cropped out the power lines): All the badlands speckled with drilling equipment and a light smog. We also passed by this brightly painted trailer restaurant that presumably fries up rattlesnake and pork chops. It was sadly closed on Sundays. After what seemed like endless hours of a painful 55 mph speed limit…continue reading →
Garage Sale-ing Late Saturday Morning.

Garage Sale-ing Late Saturday Morning.

garage sale-ing late Saturday morning. we pull up to a brown house the entrance a clutter the carpet moldy old and gray an old fashioned bathtub and no wallpaper in the bathroom chipped blue and white paint with rust colored strokes in between I fall in love with the cheap plastic tables covered in vases and salt and pepper shakers shaped like bears and I pick the avon powder satchet pink with Indian gold design and one vase tall and turqoise with japenese style veins or vines also gold and gold handles and…continue reading →