TC Cannon: At the Edge of America

TC Cannon: At the Edge of America

July 2018
Current exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa,Ok) that opened last night is on the works of T. C. Cannon.  Like a good exhibit I learned something, or several somethings.  This was someone who I was not familiar with, either his life or his works.  He was not only a visual artist, but a poet and musician also.  The exhibit tapped into all creative aspects of his life.  Last night was the opening to which we had received an invitation.  I think this is going to require another visit to let it all soak in. It was still light when we left so I took a picture of the Sacred Rain Arrow statue at the front entrance. I am always amused as I think he is aiming at his doppleganger on…
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Well, dry and not so hot.

Well, dry and not so hot.

July 2018
Summers in Oklahoma can be brutal.  So far...so good.  Probably bringing on the ire of the weather gods by stating these things.  Today was not so humid that sitting on the porch in the shade didn't feel so bad.  Temperatures are lower than 90 degrees! (F of course)  But we've not had a good soaking rain so the sprinkler is on the front lawn.  I'll judge by the birdbath when an inch of water had been laid down. Pet peeve...people who set their lawn sprinkler systems to run for maybe fifteen minutes a dozen times a week.  Okay the last part of that sentence was an exaggeration, but you get the idea.  The best way to keep your grass in good shape is to encourage the roots to go deep. …
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Are we the only animal that not only uses fire, but likes to play with it?

Are we the only animal that not only uses fire, but likes to play with it?

July 2018
Holding my dog as the local fireworks boomed in the background made me wonder about this.  Man is not the only tool making/using animal.  Whales make 'bubble' nets to coral fish to feed on.  Chimpanzees and Bonobos use twigs and such to dig insects out of holes.  Sea otters use stones to hammer mussels against to open them.  So there are plenty of example of other animals using and sometimes (chimpanzees) fashioning tools to use, but fire? My husband said this fire thing comes from my Mathey side of the family...we do like a good bonfire.  I responded that perhaps that means we link closest to the humans who took up the first flame for usefulness, or fun. But thinking about it, there are many examples of animals manipulating their…
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Insecure Writer’s Support Group Question

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Question

July 2018
July 3 question - What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)? My ultimate writing goals were/are to publish. I started writing over thirty years ago to get ideas out of my head and on paper.  And at first as a challenge from my mother.  I had stories that I thought might be good, readable, interesting.  The publishing part I had no idea of how to achieve and frankly no energy to pursue either.  When I started writing I had a full-time job and a young child, so writing happened at night usually after eight o'clock bedtime until maybe mid-night and then I would get up the next morning and go to my job.  Needless to say I could be dragging some…
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July Beginnings & Trips

July Beginnings & Trips

July 2018
This is the way July should begin, with a soft gentle rain.  It is coming down so softly and slowly it should soak in and not run off.  It should definitely help keep everything in Tulsa green and as of now I think I've watered once, way back at the end of April or beginning of May.  The fewer days requiring watering the better. I had the southeast bedroom in the two story farm house my folks bought in northern Illinois.  It was a great room for summer rain storms as I could open the east window of the room with my bed next to it and smell and listen to the rain.  Weather almost always came out of the southwest, northwest or just plain west.  If it came out…
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June’s Still Bustin’ Out All Over

June’s Still Bustin’ Out All Over

June 2018
I can hardly believe there are more flowers coming on.  We apparently had 2-3 inches of rain while we were gone and it shows.  So play the name game? 1.                     2.           3.               4.                 5.             6.             7.                 8.                    Row 1  Mullein and Monarda Row 2 Hibiscus (Perennial) and Water Pot Row 3 Miscellaneous pots and Begonia/Caladia Row 4 Rubeckia and Crinium lilies Row 5 Sunflower (unknown) and Coneflower Row 6 Phlox and Tiger Lilies Row…
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Another Weekend, another Family Reunion

Another Weekend, another Family Reunion

June 2018
Isn't that what summer is all about?  This time it was my family at Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin.  We do the quick one-day type reunions.  We spent the day at the state park and then at a cousin's house for the evening. Okay the guy with his eyes closed is one of my brothers...don't know if this was an accident or on purpose.  He can be a card.     The smokey picture is of the 'grill masters'.   Our two hostesses seem to have been busy as I didn't get them in a picture, except over the shoulder of another cousin.    The two guys are 'brothers'. The two women are 'sisters'.   And the belle of the ball was our Aunt Fern.    Judging by the…
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Rocky Mountain High, Colorado

Rocky Mountain High, Colorado

June 2018
Hope you have the earworm for John Denver's song in your head now.  You're welcome. Don's family just finished up their family reunion at the YMCA of the Rockies.  If you are looking for a great place to stay with family or host a reunion, this has to be one of the greatest places in the US.  I will admit the food wasn't that great this visit (his family has been here every two years since some time in the eighties), but everything else was super! We, individual families, rent rooms in one of the 'lodges', Ram's Head Lodge to be specific.  The rooms are comfy with bathrooms(no TVs but did you really come here for that?) and we have a 'meeting' room in the same hall area to gather…
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Bait

Bait

June 2018
  Well the fourth book is on the 'shelf'.  If you go to Amazon (follow the link by clicking the word 'shelf') you can read about the first four chapters to see if this is something you might like. Lawren's family possess two unique skills.  They are highly skilled warriors and telepathic.  Lawren, unfortunately, only possesses one.  Some how the telepathy genes skipped her, putting her at a disadvantage on her home world and left doing less than challenging jobs for the time agents for which she works.  When she is offered a chance to do field work she jumps at the chance, even if it means she has no clue who the target is.  After all, she is just 'bait.'
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Gerta

Gerta

June 2018
In an earlier post I talked about a book I was reviewing and that led to me remembering a trip I made through France with an older German couple, Karl and Gerta.  I already wrote about Karl's memories of World War II and promised I would talk about Gerta's.  This is that post. Gerta was our Host Nation Secretary at the small American elementary school in Flensburg, Germany.  All Germans know where Flensburg is...they have the computers that keep track of all German traffic tickets/violations.  World War II history buffs might know Flensburg because Muervik, just across the harbor, has the German Naval Academy that was the last location of the Third Reich government after Hitler committed suicide.  For the Americans, there isn't much reason to know where this city…
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