In Praise of the Letter-Writers

In Praise of the Letter-Writers

"I'm not good at keeping in touch." We all have friends/acquaintances/co-workers/bosses/people who use this excuse often. I've used it. We have friends that we email or call once every six months and that works quite fine, thanks. We catch up, pick a quirky short story or two to tell, and say goodbye until next time. We meet those few rare friends in "real-life" to go hiking, eat frosted cupcakes, or more likely to drink a glass of red wine. But then come those people that you really care about...and try over and over…continue reading →
Mishmash: Gravy and tomato soup overheard at the coffee shop.

Mishmash: Gravy and tomato soup overheard at the coffee shop.

I love finding old Word documents with funny poems from 2008...if you can't think of anything to write, just listen. Talking Gravy There is conversation. Well, small talk. Me: making no direct Eye contact. You: probably wondering why. We repeat empty, colorful details about our Thanksgiving dinners— While I fiddle with my dangling yellow earrings. They resemble A turkey like a cloud might. Stuffing and all. You say something witty about gravy but I just blink And sip my coffee. I mumble “sorry” and you stare. The sorry is for what I imagine,…continue reading →
Summer Survival Tips for Yellowstone National Park

Summer Survival Tips for Yellowstone National Park

From mid to late June until after Labor Day. Just a few things I've learned during my first summer in YNP. Yes, this might be a little snarky. But, seriously. Everyone we invited to visit this summer (originally from Montana) was like "Sure! I'll come in the winter!" Smart.  Thanks to Ryan for most of the photos, since my computer is out of commission.  -Drive into the park ridiculously early (like 5 am). Or drive into the park ridiculously late (like midnight). Otherwise you will be stuck in very long entrance gate lines with…continue reading →