Friday, October 20, 2017

Las Vegas to TEXAS

Meeting the daughters in Texas, it was a long day of travel...
Texas here we come
Las Vegas traffic-heavy duty
View of city from airport
Taking off on Frontier Airlines
Lots of clouds

Texas a few hours later

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Creative Aging Conference

Got asked to speak at a conference this weekend on Words can Heal describing how journaling and poetry can help us understand our feelings better and bring healing. It was fun and I love to teach. Then got introduced to lots of great ideas to implement in my life. Here's some  photos from the Conference held in St. George, Utah.

Held at Dixie State University, lots of artists and caregivers and discussions
I organize a display for our local poetry activities
Trying to create interest in attendees to join our poetry society
This sculptor works in metals with welding and doesn't let his wheelchair stop his art
Cowboy poet, tells his story in music-lots of fun, there was art too.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Autumn Leaves at Kolob Reservoir

Kolob Reservoir about an hour's drive from St. George
Lots of yellow aspen leaves everywhere

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


You never know what each day will bring. Last week one of my molars in the back of my mouth that is covered by a crown started to ache. Well, come to find out it is infected and needs professional help. More than my regular dentist provides, so it was time to make an appointment with a root canal specialist.... today was the day. I kept telling myself "You can do this..." And I did. Really liked my doctor who happens to be a graduate of my alma mater BYU and has a sense of humor. He's also fast and in no time at all, he had numbed my tooth and went to work without removing my crown, while I watched HGTV with earphones. Boy, does that help to keep your mind off what happening and the doctor saying this will pinch a little as he numbs your jaw. Afterwards I had a crooked smile but I was alive! Will come back in two months to finish it up. Modern technologies are great and I still have all my teeth mostly filled with root canals and crowns. Tomorrow will be easier.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Happy October and Fall is HERE!

It's that time of year...
Pumpkins everywhere...
Different colors and shapes
Caryn and I enjoying lunch outdoors in Santa Clara
Our favorite home decor story Uncle and Aunties....
Time for fall decor and Hallowen stuff
Fun fantasy figures-too cute
Pumpkin scarecrows
Black cats everywhere...
Time for autumn themes

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ride in the Countryside

Road to Gunlock, Utah on a stormy cool Fall day
Enterprise reservoir full of water
Sunflower season is here!
Love the red rock stark beauty everywhere
This tree tells its life story
Redrocks everywhere contrast with the green vegetation
Layer upon layer plus different minerals bring out a rainbow of colors
Lots of trails available to explore these rocky mountains
Ivins area and Kayenta
Veyo volcano lies sleeping
View back to Gunlock from Veyo
Note the black volcanic rocks everywhere

Thursday, September 21, 2017


You can tell from my lack of posts that life has sped up for me, but it's all good stuff. Today I got the opportunity of speaking for an upcoming Creative Aging Conference at Dixie State University Oct 12-14. Last year I attended the first annual conference and found it very interesting with lots of classes for us elderly people to improve our lives with art, exercise, therapy, etc., but no writing or poetry activities. So, I suggested that they include the literary arts, but when the schedule came out for this year-there were no poetry classes. Guess what-I got asked to teach one. Serendipity-there was one unfilled time spot. Also found a new unused photo of me from a few years back for the program that I like-see above. So I'll be teaching:
WORDS CAN HEAL: DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVE VOICE-Do you long to rekindle the desire to express yourself, discover who you really are and free your spirit to fly to new heights? Learn how to explore your inner voice through Morning Pages (Julia Cameron free association journaling) and then create a collection of words to play with using free verse poetry. It’s easy, fun and fulfilling.