Monument Valley Sunrise

“I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.” — George Foreman   We had been on the road all day, driving east along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, through Tuba City and on to Kayenta, where we headed north up the scenic drive to where Arizona borders with Utah. We had used up the sun,…

Talking with Madrones

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” — Roger Miller   I talk to madrone trees. I don’t think that makes me crazy. I just like their company, and they are good listeners. I remember one conversation well. I was sitting on a rock in the shade of a Texas madrone halfway up the Pinnacles Trail.

A Mother's Wit and Wisdom

“When I was young, I learned very early on that I could make my mother laugh. And that was one of the greatest sounds I ever heard.” — Kevin Spacey   My wife called it my “Moment of Zen,” a few hours spent on the riding lawn mower, trimming the long-stemmed Bermuda that shot up during my time

Where the Buffalo Roamed

“We all have our time machines. Some take us back; they’re called memories. Some take us forward; they’re called dreams.” — Jeremy Irons   I grew up wading in buffalo wallows. When the spring rains came, it was great sport to venture with my brothers out onto the pasture and wade in those large grass-lined puddles.

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Monument Valley Sunrise

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A Mother's Wit and Wisdom

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Where the Buffalo Roamed

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Patience and Persistence

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Whatever Floats Your Boat

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