Thursday, June 22, 2017


Reaching the age of 77 this summer has brought its health challenges. After a fall at home several months ago, suddenly my shoulder was very painful and I couldn't use it. Well, no problem except when you want to reach for something or try to get clothes on or off. Not fun, so a trip to an orthopedic doctor came back with the diagnosis of slightly torn rotator cuff. I didn't even know I had one until my left shoulder started to ache and then the pain went down my arm.

Well, the treatment I chose was a steroid shot and exercises to do at home. i remember asking my doctor if the shot would hurt and he said I don't think so. Which was silly because I've been getting monthly shots in my left eye for over a year for some vision problems after my cataract surgery. Of course, they numb your eye with drops. Well, the shot didn't hurt and helped so much. Now I'm doing daily exercises and improving lots. Thanks to hubby who has stepped up to the plate and helped lots with daily tasks. Here's a poem I wrote about it.

Torn Rotator Cuff

A teacher always there
twenty four hours
night and day a reminder
of my humanness.

A dull ache unless I try
to move quickly then
pain increases, mobility
is optional, stiffness rules.

What life's lessons
await me from this?
I ask, the same answer

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

To all those men in our past and present who have stepped up to the plate to take responsibility for supporting their families with their labors, time and love. There are many in our lives and among our families that have stepped in when father's were missing also.

My Vernon, Johnson, Lowe, Stevens, Hortin, Wilkins fahers are my heritage.

My day and mom, he died 72 years ago today.
            Milford, Utah June 18, 1945

Outside of town, an empty hangar stands
            alone in a forgotten place.
Breezes blow through a tattered windsock.
            Stacks of tumbleweeds trapped
by sagebrush long for release from barriers,
            to fly away to adventures.

No airplanes use this empty landing strip now.
            Weeds take control of runways
once filled with private flying machines:       
            World War II Piper Cubs used
to train military pilots for armed conflict,
            sold as surplus...after the war.

Just a simple metal frame covered by
            thin linen with tandem seating.
Fuel tank in back balanced the engine
            with one propeller in front.
An inexpensive promote
            the popular pastime of flying.

As a young girl not yet five, I remember
            soaring over this sacred sanctuary
before my father left on his flight.

Friday, June 16, 2017


Life is full and despite health issues that seem to multiply as the years go by, I'm enjoying my endeavors and connections with family and friends. Good news from sports medicine doctor today my fall a couple of months ago that settled in my left shoulder is probably a slightly torn rotator cuff but is fixable or liveable without surgery just a steroid injection and exercises. Here's some photos from the past week with my friend Caryn who now lives here year round and is experiencing her first hot days of 110 degrees coming up this weekend. I suggested to her that we go to air conditioned movies or malls then hurry from AC homes to AC cars to AC events. We are enjoying our last cool mornings and being indoors working on project in the heat of the day and evenings now that SUMMER HAS ARRIVED.
Texas Sage is blooming like mad out our windows.
This we thought was a shrub became a flowering tree.
Our dry river bed is filled with blooming yucca!
Caryn is making us a gourmet ham sandwich.
So fun to listen to her fountain, watch birds, eat and talk in coolness

Friday, June 9, 2017

Coolness close to home

So happy we have some pine trees, gurgling streams and coolness within an hour's drive of us in Pine Valley mountains especially in our hot days.

All snow on mountains as melted but it's still cool up here
A fishing pond attracts many tourists
Hay is growing in the valleys
Deer like all the food everywhere to nibble on.

Listen to the Santa Clara River as it heads downward into the desert
Homeward drive through the volcanic red, black and white rocks
I love nature, it brings peace to my soul.

Saturday, June 3, 2017


The official temperature today was 100 degrees. Thank goodness for air conditioning. Now to get going on a revised vacation plan to Torrey Utah which is in the mountains several hours from here. We'll save our plans for Northern Idaho and a longer trip for later. Looking forward to feeling green coolness and getting away for a few days.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Off to vacation in Bonners Ferry, idaho
Well, we've now lived here in St. George for 10+ years as I've followed my dreams of writing, becoming a weekly newspaper columnist (6 years), and self publishing 5 books. It's been fun, but lots of hard work. I've taught several classes on writing your life story, creativity and poetry. Then I decided several years ago to focus on poetry so during those years I've served as president of Dixie Poets, started a Youth Poetry Contest for our community and chaired Poetry in the Park for 6+ years plus served in the Utah State Poetry Society as Chapter Coordinator and Blogmaster. See Did I mention the other blogs I do also Letters from Lin where you are now will soon be 10  years old. Now it's time to focus elsewhere at least for the summers.

All these years my hubby has supported me in living in this metropolitan area although his dreams were somewhere else-he wants to homestead in the woods of Northern Idaho. So we are going to explore that possibility for our hot summers at least to have a summer place in coolness surrounded by green pines and clear streams. It's a good reason for a vacation up north this coming weekend. Who knows....serendipity awaits.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Emilee and Heather

Last year at this time, my oldest grand daughters graduated from high school-just found those photos hidden in Google photos. This year they have both finished successfully a year of college. On to the future. Emilee is off on a mission to Paris France and Heather will be continuing her college training at Utah Valley University.

Happy 18th birthday last year, now they are 19!
Proud grandma and l-r Heather and Emilee
Happy Hatch parents!
High school graduation photos
Heather got accepted to Snow College and Emilee to BYU-Idaho

Monday, May 22, 2017

Published Again

This time in the Southern Quill-literary and arts magazine for Dixie State University. No poems but two photographs. They had a launch party-reception where some of our local poets were honored and read their poems. I showed off my two photos.

Local poets featured: Markay, Marie and phtotgrapher––me.
This year's issue has a fun cover with a local photo not mine!
My photo of a Century plant entitled Century!
Shadow Cages-mine also
Dr. Cindy King-faculty advisor for the DSU magazine

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy Birthday #5 for EDDIE

Love all my grand
kids and especially these two.

Big sister Lorien and Eddie now five years old
They sure grow up fast, miss not seeing them often enough...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daughters of Utah Pioneers

Closing social and meeting till September included a lesson on Mormon pioneers and a lovely potluck luncheon plus lots of visiting. I've been a DUP member for 20+ years now, joining in Roosevelt Utah after I retired from being a school librarian. I have lots of pioneers in my family tree from both my matriarchal and patriarchal lines.

Time to socialize after our lesson and histories
Tasty potluck with lots of casserole/desserts
There are DUP camps all over the USA, about 20 in St. George

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Comey is a CLASS ACT

I was so impressed by the farewell letter that newly fired FBI Director Comey wrote to his fellow FBI workers  because there is no bitterness, anger but only acceptance and looking forward. I don't understand or agree with all the politics involved, but I like his reaction to this unexpected turn in his life.

(CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump, on Wednesday sent a letter to friends and agents. Here is the text of that letter, which was obtained by CNN.

To all:
I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.

I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.

It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.
If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.
Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.

Jim Comey

Monday, May 8, 2017

Party Time with Friends

Today we had a pot luck party at Caryn's home with some of our Creativity class members. Enjoying a fun repast of food and art journaling, we created covers for our Morning Pages journals at Caryn's new place on the patio. The weather has cooled and it was in the low 80s just perfect for outdoor activities and listening to their waterfall and sharing thoughts.

Enjoying our friendship on the pation for lunch and art journaling.
Pat shows off her creative collage
Akemi's journal cover had a unique flavor to it.
My cover and some words to inspire me this month.
Akemi's closeup collage pasted together
All four journals each unique and different from the others.
Caryn's lovely backyard with waterfall and desert landscaping
Even a shaded birdbath awaits
This is going to be extraordinary when it blooms
Little splashs of color amid the rocks and sand.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Nothing to SAY...

It's been a week since I've blogged after almost 10 years of blogging 3-7 times a week. Could it be that recovering from a head cold has slowed me down? All I want to do is nap and sleep, eat occasionally, but that requires energy to cook, shop and organize. I keep getting feeling a little better, but still I'm not my old self or maybe I am my OLDER self. As the years go by, it seems I have had to slow down a little and do less than when I was younger. Choosing activities and eliminating some activities has become necessary.

A trip to my foot doctor to check out my swollen ankles and tingling feet from neuropathy hasn't solved any problems. So next I will go to a vein specialist to see if that is what is causing my problems. Varicose veins were inherited from my grandmother Johnson. I always remember her each day putting on her support hose and sturdy shoes before she began her day of work on her feet cooking for the railroad boarders and taking care of others. I have it much easier in that I am retired and can relax on my recliner and put my feet up. Old age and the ailments that come with it definitely aren't for!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Flying Home

Amazing how fast it is to fly home to St. George from Salt Lake City...only 43 minutes while it takes about 5 hours to drive. Love the views from above though it was quite cloudy. Great to get home except I brought back with me a nasty head cold which is certainly slowing me down a bit with coughing and tiredness but it's warmer here and lots of sunshine.

Utah Lake from Highland, UTah, what a view!
Leaving Salt Lake City airport flying from the valley, note snow mtns.
Cloudy up above but clearing
Kolob Mountains of Southern Utah
We used to see these rock fingers while living in New Harmony
Gorgeous colors from above
Quail Lake and Sand Hollow both reservoirs near St. George