Welcome! Come on in . . .

ND Badlands in WinterGentle 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 her conservatory, and toured the Evergreens (her brother’s home next door). 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.

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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 someday . . .  maybe.

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Here you will also find some older posts about food. I say older because my interests have shifted away from the kitchen but the posts are no less inspiring. 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.

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!

 

14 thoughts on “Welcome! Come on in . . .”

  1. 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……

  2. “North Dakota Roots | A view from up here (46.9 N Latitude).
    Musings, observations, poetry, food and wine.” Your writing enables me to
    contemplate a little bit more. I cherished every individual element of this post.
    I appreciate it -Sheena

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