American History: The Oregon Trail Book Review

The Oregon Trail: A New American JourneyThe Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We stumbled across the Oregon Trail at Scotts Bluff this past summer and it really took hold of my imagination. I quickly learned this was the one book to read. I couldn’t imagine how it was the page-turner that everyone kept […]

California: Point Reyes

Roosevelt Elk

Roosevelt Elk

Several years ago, DH and I managed to see three different types of elk in one trip: Rocky Mountain, Roosevelt, and Tule elk. The last are common primarily in Point Reyes National Seashore. We didn’t see them up close though, because we managed to get there when the fog was rolling […]

Fall Romance: Apples, Golden Leaves, and Love

Fall Leaves Great Basin National ParkSeveral years ago DH and I went on a fall trip that had been recommended by Sunset Magazine. The trek took us down the “Loneliest Highway in America” (Nevada’s Route 50), to Great Basin National Park and to the small town of Boulder, Utah.

It was peak […]

Creativity and Life

First of all, prayers to all in the Houston, Texas coast and Louisiana coast. Recovery is going to take a long time, and it will need the contribution, in some way, of every American.

It will also need creativity.

Tent in Banff CanadaSpeared by a free pass into the Canadian parks (Happy 150th Canada!), my […]

Hurricanes, Love, and the Greek Definitions of Love

Hurricane by Florida

Creative Commons License — Photo by kakela

As I write this, our southeast coast is bracing for Hurricane Mathew. It will be another test of how much we can love one another. Not romantic love–although that’s always possible–but the human being to human being caring. We’ve seen it before. Times like when the towers came […]

Travel, Like Romance, Takes Unexpected Turns

Travel to Yellowstone–Not without Adventure

Bull ElkMy DH and I had been looking forward to our camping trip to Yellowstone National Park for months. It’s the 100th anniversary of our national parks, and we were eager to travel to one before the year ended. Two years ago our trip had been […]

Travel and Treasures in Romance Novels

The Orient Gallery

The Orient Gallery — Creative Commons License — Photo by Christophe Robert Hervouet

In my life, I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to travel. It’s a good thing, because I inherited a very itchy foot from my maternal grandfather. Caesar (Carl) Weideman made his living as a waiter and his favorite […]

Exploring Montana Summer 2016

After I explained our recent vacation to him, a friend asked, “Why don’t you just stay home? It would be easier.”

Because then there would be no stories.

Cabin and cowsThis one began on a mid-July Friday morning. We headed northeast, over a mountain pass, through Great Falls, then down into […]

Settings of Romance Novels

Yesterday, I started my new story, tentatively titled, Montana Christmas Miracle. The hero, Logan, comes to Montana to visit his uncle. The heroine, Julie, is the assistant in the sweet shop in Sweet Montana Christmas. How important are the settings of romance novels?

These two people play their story against the backdrop of Montana. I’ve always felt that the world of a book is an important element of any novel, whether that setting is based […]

Travel: On the Road Again for Stories

Ice Fishing Clark Canyon Reservoir MTI love the state of Montana, but I’m not nearly as hardy as these folks ice fishing on Clark Canyon Reservoir. That’s why we travel.

In the dead of winter, in a city that hadn’t seen sun since November, a road trip seemed like a good idea. (Of course, as soon as we left, […]