Welcome! Come on in . . .

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. 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 recently completed two Emily Dickinson pilgrimages. The first was to see the exhibition at the Morgan Library in NYC. The second was to Amherst, MA to see the Homestead and museum. There I walked the grounds, saw the recent reconstruction of the conservatory, and toured the Evergreens. Both events precipitated a deeper need for ‘all things Emily’ and, of course, the purchase of more books. Please also note my post on the movie, A Quiet Passion.

On this blog you will also find some older posts about food. Older because my interests have shifted away from the kitchen. 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 dozens of Ina Garten recipes and she has influenced my style of entertaining through her rule: cook one, assemble two. Recently, I’ve given myself permission to hire a trusted caterer for larger gatherings.

Most of all, I love living on the edge of the Badlands. Here, life is sweet and the sweet crude of oil production is both sweet and crude. More on that in another post . . .  I think.

So please check out the list on the right or click any of the various categories and archives. I also invite you to subscribe if you want to get posts delivered to your Inbox.  I hope you enjoy my hospitality and I’d love to hear from you!

13 Responses to Welcome! Come on in . . .

  1. California Cuzin' says:

    I thought I’d stop by and catch up on the latest northern plains musings.

  2. Nice place you have here. I had to drop by to thank you for the like. Thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As much of a diehard New Yorker as I am, my vacations in North Dakota mark some of the highlights of my life. Hard to explain the sight of never-ending wheat fields (as opposed to skyscrapers or ocean), or a real-life pow wow, or a buffalo crossing your path in the Badlands……

  4. Jason says:

    Great info Bonnie!!
    Here’s another good one on ND tourist stuff…if anyone is looking.
    http://www.thisboundlessworld.com/bismarck-north-dakota-tourist-attractions

    Thanks 🙂

  5. Seems like you truly understand plenty related to this specific topic and it all exhibits by means of this blog, called “North Dakota Roots | A view from up here (46.9 N Latitude). Musings, observations, poetry, food and wine.”
    Thank you -Sterling

  6. Eusebia says:

    “North Dakota Roots | A view from up here (46.9 N Latitude).
    Musings, observations, poetry, food and wine.” Your writing enables me to
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    I appreciate it -Sheena

  7. Wow It Looks So Beautiul There ……

  8. I like your place. I will definitely read the other posts. Thanks

  9. A warm North Dakota welcome to fellow poet, Robert Okaji. Find his exceptional poetry and blog O at the Edges in my Blogroll or https://robertokaji.com/author/robertokaji/

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