Monday, October 13, 2014

Enter the Cowgirl Dirt cosmetics sweepstakes

Well, this is a pretty nice sweepstakes being run by Cowgirl Dirt cosmetics. This brand is about the only cosmetics I will use.

I prefer my look light and natural and Cowgirl Dirt cosmetics gives me that exact look. I use the black mascara on my lash tips with a light brush of Dusty Bronzer in the lighter shade Arena and just a bit of Wild West Blush on my cheekbones. I have a few shades of blusher, changing them with the seasons. If it's an occasion, I'll use a bit of Mineral Powder Foundation. 

I like that their products are all natural and they use organic ingredients when they can. For me, they are time tested. I have never broken out or had any problems with the products and I've been using them for the several years.

I also like the Whipped Body Butter, the Rawhide Organic Facial Serum and the Deep Sea Masque.

If you have a teen in your home, they will love the Deep Sea Masque ... it really helps with breakouts and deep cleansing. My teen uses it regularly.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cody Dog

“Dogs are the magicians of the universe.” 

Cody Dog!
It's amazing how Cody has taken to being a house dog. He is certainly making himself at home at my brothers home. The best dang dog in the world ...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cowgirl Dirt cosmetics supports Breast Cancer Awareness

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Jim Jones: Western Songs...Western Stories

Jim is a native Texan and a long time New Mexico resident. He makes good music and writes good stories and this is his most recent project.

 Learn more about Jim's books and listen to some of his music here!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review ... The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer WindThe Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As usual, Mary Alice Monroe tells are good story with interesting characters, in a great setting and leaves you satisfied but wanting more.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nākd Fruit and Nut Bars by Natural Balance Foods ...

A little over a week ago I received a message asking me to review a whole food product and blog my review. After I agreed, they quickly sent a case of “Nākd Fruitand Nut Bars” and my son, one of his friends and my brother commenced eating and reviewing.

Nākd Fruit and Nut Bars are made by Natural Balance Foods who makes healthy whole food alternatives to processed foods. Nākd is new to the USA, and products can only be purchased through their website.  They expect to be in stores soon but if you live in Canada, they can be found in lots of stores there ~~ find a Canada store near you.

~~Click here for Free US delivery~~

In their own words ....................
"We're a young British company devoted to increasing world happiness with yummy healthy snacks, humour and helpfulness. That means we make delicious, good-for-you munchies, do our best to help others, and try to spread a little joy along the way."

My first choice to try was the Cocoa Mint Bar which reminded me a bit of Mint Chocolate Girl Scout Cookies, only the texture was chewy and maybe there was a bit too much of a mint taste to become a favorite.

My son chose the Apple Protein Crunch Bar which he said tasted exactly like eating an apple though he felt the texture was something he would have to get used to. Overall, he said it was a good choice and with 18.4g of protein, great for an after workout snack.

My brother tried the Banana Protein Crunch Bar and liked it immediately. Being a health food junkie, he liked what he read about the ingredients.

My son’s friend tried the Cocoa Delight Bar but not being used to eating whole foods was put off by the texture.

I also tried the Berry Delight Bar and liked it … perhaps better than the Cocoa Mint.

Overall, my son, my brother and I were pleased with the all natural and nutritious goodness of these bars. I think though that for people who are not used to eating whole food, a bit of getting used to the texture and, in some bars, the sweetness of real fruit will take a bit of time.

I’d recommend you check out Natural Balance Foods Fruit and nut barspurchase a box or two and try them for yourself.

So Eat Nākd !!! You know you want to ....

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Friday, September 19, 2014

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are you inspired to read?

I was just reading a blog post written by Virgin Atlantic mogul Richard Branson about reading 10 minutes a day. Seems he will be a grandparent soon and reading to his grans is important to him even if it’s just 10 minutes a day. So 10 minutes a day doesn’t seem like a difficult task especially when you already enjoy reading and especially if you get to spend time with your little ones.

I’ve always loved to read even as a small child but the only time I remember being read to outside of school was a particular time when I was a toddler and everyone was home because it was Christmas.  I remember everything about it including where we were sitting, how the sun was filtering into the room, the modulation of my dad’s voice and the story … ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’ 

Maybe that wasn’t the only time but it was certainly the only time I can remember. So perhaps I didn't have someone reading to me on a regular basis that I can remember but I was exposed to books, both my mom and my dad were readers and I grew to love to read and I love to write.

I remember reading to my little friends when I was in lower grade school. I’d make believe I was the teacher and as I remember it, they seemed to like that game. One of the businesses my parent’s owned was a luncheonette and they sold a variety of things including paperbacks, newspapers and magazines so it was like having a mini library at my disposal.  I would go from one kid’s magazine to another, one Archie comic book to another and I would do my best to read the newspapers. Not because I wanted all the knowledge but because I liked to read, learning was a side benefit. I liked how you could make a story have different feelings based on how the words were strung together.  

I read to my boy as he was growing up. Every night, during the day with paper books and audio books and I volunteered to read to his class one day a week. So 10 minutes a day is a good mantra. Good for people who may not like reading but understand it’s importance to a child and their development (away from TV and video games). 

10 minutes a day is good for adults too. I’ve been trying to get my brother to read. I don’t think I have ever seen him read a book. Yes, he’ll give a quick glance to the financial section of the newspaper and I’m sure he read when he was in school several decades ago but he’s just not a reader. I can’t help but feel sad about all the pleasure he is missing out on each day as well as all the information he has come to lack over the years. For a man who has a Master’s degree in business, he lacks basic knowledge of the simplest things. The knowledge he does have is old and outdated harking back to a time when …well, when he did read.

Two weeks ago after my insistence he decided to go to the library and learn how to use a computer. He seems to like the classes, they are very basic. He had never touched a computer amazingly, has never written an email nor goggled his own name. After the second class he told me he was reading an article on the computer. You could imagine my shock. It was an article about nutrition, a subject of interest to him but his experience reading the article was that “it was too long.” He never got past two minutes of reading. He seems to have misplaced the habit of reading. I felt sad.

Reading inspires me, it sends me down rabbit holes filled with new places, new ideas, characters and settings. I was inspired by Richard Branson’s blog post to write about reading.  If each person read 10 minutes a day, think about the transformation and mind expansion, one inspired thought leading to another and another. Isn’t that how the world changes, how we grow and develop? That’s why there are so many organizations that foster the love of books like First Book, a not for profit helping to get books into the hands of children with minimal access and Pro Literacy, another not for profit working to help adults who for one reason or another, never learned to read well enough or not at all.

Today I’ll write this post hopefully inspiring you to read even if only for 10 minutes a day and in doings so perhaps you’ll inspire someone else to read and there will a genuine domino effect.

We can all help in some way to inspire others to read. Here is my list:
1.       Volunteer at your local school to read to a class of children
2.       Bring a senior who doesn’t get out much to the library
3.       Stop by a nursing home and read to some of the residents
4.       Pick up a few small children’s books and give them to the really little ones who come trick or treating this year (of course with a bit of candy)
5.       Put an audio book on in the car when traveling as a family, spark an imagination
6.       Turn off the television and close the laptop/tablet/smart phone … let someone see you read
7.       Talk about what you are reading with your kids (and their friends) … you’ll be surprised!
8.       Bring a non-reader to a book store/café and set them loose (they’ll think they are waiting on you J)

Can you add a few more to the list? Comment with your idea to inspire reading even if it’s just 10 minutes a day? 


Sunday, September 14, 2014


I've taken the message below direct from a post on Facebook but I am very sure the good people at LEARN will not mind. I'm not a horse owner but I know plenty of friends who are and I find horses to be majestic in their own right. There is no reason why the horses need to be rounded up so that the govt could use the land for their will. Do we really need another fracking site or another mining operation. Not that I am against those things, they produce jobs but we have enough. Let's not let greed wipe out these beautiful horses.

"This Wyoming roan stallion, Gladiator, represents the 800+ Wyoming wild horses the BLM will roundup beginning Monday, Sept. 15. Who is going to be there to observe? TCF will be there for sure. If you can't go, you can still make a difference with Secretary Jewell and the Dept. of Int.: ‪#‎justice4mustangs‬.
1. Post your outraged but civil and respectful comments on Dept. of Interior's Facebook page,, stating your stance on the removal of Wyoming checkerboard horses.
2. Share this on your Facebook page and with all your friends.
3. Be sure to join the conversation with
#justice4mustangs on your postings.
4. Call Secretary Jewell's office: 202-208-7351.
4. Tweet to @SecretaryJewell @Interior: Public lands 4 all Americans: Stop WY wild horse wipeout. #justice4mustangs.
5. Email Sec. Jewell at the Dept. of Interior: 
6. Write your US Senators and Representatives.
#justice4mustangs "

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What if?

I love this picture! Found it on Facebook, origin unknown.

Chasing our dreams for a remarkable life can be scary but what if our hard work, chances taken, and paths followed makes those dreams come true? The dreams don't have to be perfect. As a matter of fact it just might be best if they aren't so we  can continue to dream bigger and bigger. 
There is nothing sadder than watching a person live in fear of what could go wrong... 

when it could all go very right.

Let's not live life full of fear, kick it to the side, saddle up and stretch our wings as high as we can ... and let's fly.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Watch for the release of a new book by Amy Hale Auker, author of Winter of Beauty and Rightful Place

It’s always a delight to learn that a favorite author will be releasing a new book soon and I'm looking forward to getting a copy. That author is Amy Hale Auker and I've written about her other books in the past right here.
I stopped by her website when I learned about the new release. Seems it’s about an old cowboy, old letters, loves, losses and a crime. Sounds like a winner.
This author has a knack for bringing together a melody of words.
The book will be released by Pen-L Publishing this fall and Steve Atkinson who I am not familiar with has done the cover and I must admit it's quite appealing. According to Ms Auker's Facebook page, Steven Atkinson is a "photographer, designer, and western artist extraordinaire. (And a pretty cool friend, too.)"

The author will be taking advance orders starting October 1, 2014. Stop by her website to learn more.
Photo: When I signed a new contract with Pen-L Publishing, I promised myself that I would keep the rumble of publicity quiet until I had cover art. Tomorrow, on my website, I will post a blog, and add the link here, about this gorgeous cover, painted and designed by Steve Atkinson. The wonderful news is that this book, a novel very dear to my heart, is set to be released this fall. I will take advance orders starting October 1. Until then, share away, and make sure and compliment Steve on a JOB WELL DONE.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lost in the Zoo: A Children's Short Story

My inner urge to write will always have me creating and re-creating whether or not I am ever published any place other than right here on this personal blog.

The following is based upon a prompt to write a story that a 5th grade reader could comprehend. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Children's Book:

Lost in the Zoo

Have you ever been lost? I was!

Being lost can be scary but it can also be lots of fun. I was so excited to go to the zoo with my dad and my older sister. We had gotten up pretty early and got dressed as fast as we could and hurried downstairs to where my dad had a breakfast of eggs and bacon and toast waiting for us. My dad made the best breakfasts. We ate and then we were off to the Zoo. All I could think about was seeing the elephants. My mom had just read a book about elephants to me and I just thought they were the best.

My dad parked the car and we headed inside. It was amazing! We walked along looking for all the animals in their homes; we saw Tigers and a Lion sleeping on a rock. We saw all different kinds of bird and we saw Giraffe’s that looked like they were hugging each other. My sister spotted a sign that pointed to where the monkeys were and we headed there along with lots of other families who wanted to see the monkeys. That’s when I lost my sister and my Dad.

I felt like I was going to be sick because I was so afraid that I wouldn’t find them again. I kept walking and walking and still never saw them. All of a sudden the Zoo wasn’t much fun and I started to cry. A policeman saw me crying and asked me where my family was and I told him I couldn’t find my dad and my sister and all the while I just kept crying. The policeman wiped my eyes with a tissue and told me he would help me find them. He held my hand and we walked together. He was such a nice policeman and he asked me about all the animals I had already seen and wanted to know what my favorite was. I told him about the book my mom read to me and that elephants were my most favorite. He laughed and said they were his too. He stopped and asked me what my favorite flavor of ice cream was and I said, “Chocolate, of course.” Then he sat me on a bench next to a man with a cart and bought me a chocolate ice cream cone. As I ate my ice cream, we kept walking and then I saw the elephants. So did the policeman because that’s where we headed. He pointed out the mommy elephant and her baby. They were so cute, just like in my book. The baby was following the mommy around and was making baby elephant noises.

Just then I heard my name and the policeman turned me around and I saw my dad and my sister hurrying through all the people. When my dad reached us, I called to him and he cried out that he was so happy to find me and he bent down to hug me. The policeman looked at my dad and said, “We knew you’d show up near the elephants because they’re your daughter’s favorite animal.” My Dad shook the policeman’s hand and thanked him a million times, then we walked off waving to the policeman and he was waving back.

It was the best day of all!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Summer Silhouette (500 word challenge for ReadWave)

This is a new post that I entered on ReadWave for their 500 word challenge with the prompt of "a summer you'll never forget."

There wasn’t anything better than watching the sun set behind the trees. I loved those moments when I had already showered and dressed for the night out with friends and I’d sit on the porch to watch the sun slowly go down and the colors shift until the blue of the night started to creep in on me. Then I’d listen for the night sounds and for the cars coming down the road. Jen would pick me up and we’d head out for an evening of friends, cold beer and dancing to music that poured out of cars and trucks all parked along the grassy area down the road. The dark was sometimes moon lit and other times lit by a small bonfire. I’d watch to see if his truck was there or if I recognized his silhouette or deep laugh. He was always smiling, always happy, always had a kind word and a wink for me when we met up. What I wouldn’t do for a date with him. But he was older by two years and although we said “Hi” each time we saw each other I couldn’t shake the feeling he thought I was just a kid. When you’re a teenager, two years seems like an incredibly big difference. Still each time, my excitement grew and just a wink or a smile was good enough for me. Jen would tease me mercilessly asking if I got my smile yet. She had her own silhouette she followed on those dark nights hoping for her own dream boy.

During the day we swam, tanned and drank lemonade while dreaming of someday having a date with our dream boys. We never saw the boys much during the day. They were off fixing their trucks, working at part-time jobs or just playing sports and hanging out with each other. Almost midway through the summer on a hot steamy day, I hung on to the side of the pool with my eyes closed enjoying the cool water and the sun on my face when a shadow blocked the sun. I opened my eyes and squinted up to see that familiar silhouette standing above me. As my eyes adjusted, I saw his big smile and heard him say, “Mind if I join you?” Stunned, I stumbled over my words saying “of course” but that didn’t make sense and I apologized, feeling like I made a fool of myself. My face burned but not because of the sun. He sat at the edge of the pool then slipped in smoothly and swam to the other side of the pool. I just watched him as he swam and then he came up right beside me, his green eyes glistening from the water and he smiled. He said, “I’m glad I came by here today. I get to see you.” Not knowing what to say I just smiled and he said “it’s okay that you’re shy, I still want to take you out tonight. Will you come to see a movie with me?” My dream had come true and I was a nervous nut, I blurted out louder than needed “Yes, I’ll go with you.” He laughed because he knew he was making me nervous. Then I laughed too and we both swam off across the pool.

500 word challenge … a summer you’ll never forget.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

True Words!

“The most attractive accessory a girl can have is confidence.” 


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIRT ROADS by Barbara Jean Ruther ... a poem for New Mexico

by Barbara Jean Ruther
A relaxed mailbox out by the ditch
might have a name scrawled on it.
Otherwise, they say,
“Take the second dirt road past the arroyo.”
Weeds spill from clumps of dry soil,
tired fences of discarded vigas
are held together with reused barbed wire,
keeping the heifers at home.
Adobe haciendas grow from the earth
with modest windows, a little uneven
and screen doors that don’t quite close.
There’s a gathering of rusty garbage cans,
a couple peculiar dogs lying in the shade.
Monstrous and shaggy cottonwoods
decorated with clusters of stubborn hollyhocks,
no one thinks about watering.
Occasional pickup trucks stir the dust,
brown clouds glisten in the sun —
announce a visitor.
They come to spend evenings
on a rickety porch swing,
watch the sky change hues, drink iced tea.
There’s a peacefulness and calm
like the breathing of a sleeping baby.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How do you want to be remembered?

I want my Headstone / Urn / Eulogy to say "Dang ... she ran her own race without hesitation or regret."

Yep, sounds good to me!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review - The Fat of the Land by R.Allen Chappell

The Fat of The LandThe Fat of The Land by R. Allen Chappell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A book of short stories ... I'm not able to finish it. Although some stories were interesting, there wasn't one compelling enough to make me want to more on to the next. Perhaps the timing is wrong to read this particular book so I'll put it down for now and pick it up again another time.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

You've gotta listen to the whisper of your heart ~ TY

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Bone Horses by Lesley Poling-Kempes

Bone HorsesBone Horses by Lesley Poling-Kempes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fabulous story, close to my heart. I lived in New Mexico going on near 24 years and this author gets every sensation, every breath of hot desert air rising just right. I hope she will write a sequel. This will be a long time favorite for me.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Friday, May 2, 2014

The memories ...

The business of life is to make memories. 
So write your stories, draw them, immortalize them through photography … 
however you choose to do it is your choice and in doing so 
enjoy all the moments because in the end, 
the memories are all we have left.  

My boy several years ago on Isle of Palms

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Amy Hale Auker ... a hard working writer

"Amy Hale Auker's short story "Quatro in the Late Afternoon" appears in Rough Country, an anthology of western stories." 


"Amy Hale Auker also has two poems, "Lightening Up" and "See You at the Barn"  in the National Cowboy AnthologyCelebrating 30 Years of Wrangling Words."

Since I first started reading Amy Hale Auker's work, I have come to realize just how hard working a writer she is, always at the page. Essays in magazine, poetry and short stories, a lovely mixture of fine work. 

I've written of her work several times as I've done for other authors whose work I enjoy and I do enjoy her style of writing. Have a look at her website and read some of her work, I think you'll enjoy.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

... Enjoy and be blessed!

"The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us 
have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his
 goodness and love, which nothing can shake."

Basil C Hume, (1923-1999)
Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Deans ...

These ladies, Suzanne Pollak and Lee Maniqault, well known in Charleston, SC as the 'Deans' will make you enjoy the domestic pursuits with their witty, and fun instruction. 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Please don't add the sugar!

I read the labels when I'm at the market and I just can't believe how many food products have added sugar unnecessarily.

So, I've embarked on a no added sugar adventure. If the food has added sugar, I just won't purchase it. If the food naturally has sugar such as fruit does, then that is fine and I can have it.

I've already eliminated soda pop and sugary drinks as well as most junk foods and I purchase organic exclusively when found. My teen son is also traveling this road for the promise of a clean complexion and good natural health so I'll have a partner to help me toe the line.

We know this will be hard so we've planned for one cheat day per month, the 15th.
Wish us luck!
This is the only sugar in my home at present. Read about organic coconut sugar.
Coconut Sugar may be slightly healthier than common sugar cane but it is still sugar and my plan is to not add sugar to anything. Looks like this can only be used for our cheat day.

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


A memory visited my heart. 

It mumbled the same story 

as the previous days. 

I usually dismiss it with tears.

But today is different. 

Today, I released it with a smile.

— Dodinsky