Gentle Reader: Yes, I come here too. It’s a place where I find balance in my life and a creative outlet–ultimately crafting words. As a published poet, one of my favorite themes according to a writer friend “sings of both the poignant subtleties and the harsh realities of life on the high plains and Badlands of North Dakota in the American West.”
I’m not one to post regularly–more like in waves. If my posts are less frequent, it means my busy professional life is even busier. During those times, the end of a work day or week finds me with no brain cells left much less any creative energy to write. When I do post, my internal editor is either silent when needed most or hyperactive and hypercritical–perhaps the curse of any writer. There is a constant balancing act between my perfectionist tendencies and the literary freedom offered by a blog. Regardless whether the right or left brain prevails, one thing is clear: there is little more powerful than the written word and I have an inordinate respect for the power of the pen.
Currently I’m taking a 6-week online poetry class through the University of Iowa. The course work is agressive with 2 exercises a week. The mentors/moderators and other class participants are an active group which keeps the pen (in this case tablet) busy. A “poem . . . never finished, only abandoned.” ~Paul Valery.
Here you will also find posts about food. I love to cook and entertain friends–another creative outlet and a way to find work/life balance. I’m always experimenting with new ideas and challenging my skills. Lately, curling up in my favorite chair frequently means being surrounded by anthologies, cookbooks and . . . well, home renovation magazines.
My cooking skills are mostly self-taught having no real mentor cooks during my growing up years. I’ve worked my way through most of the America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School curriculum and found I had a lot to learn and unlearn. Cooking for friends and family is one of my greatest joys.
Most of all, I love living on the edge of the North Dakota Badlands. Here, life is sweet and the sweet crude of oil production is both sweet and crude. More on that in another post . . . I think.
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