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. 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.
I’ve just finished a week-long poetry class at the Iowa Summer Writers Festival. The instructor and other class participants were an active group and the content will keep this pen (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, chapbooks, and cookbooks.
My cooking skills are mostly self-taught since I had no real cooks to mentor me 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 Badlands. Here, life is sweet and more recently the sweet crude of oil production is both sweet and crude. More on that in another post . . . I think.
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