LA Daily Post Interview

Date: September 22, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized Comments: No Comments Share:

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the LA Daily Post about my years of volunteering at PEEC.  I thought I might share this interview.  Click here for the article.

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How I Became a Storyteller

Date: March 29, 2014 Categories: Storytelling Comments: 1 Comment Share:

To my precious granddaughter, Sydney: You asked me a question?  How did you become a storyteller? I have pondered your question because I think it is an important one.  With all the technology we have today, grandma believes we are losing the enjoyment, comfort, and mystery of sitting and telling stories.  The other day I attended a program [...]

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A Walk to the Overlook: In Remembrance of Dorothy Hoard

Date: March 29, 2014 Categories: Nature Comments: No Comments Share:

My friend of 45 years, Dorothy Hoard, recently passed away.  Before her death, we used to teach classes and lead hikes together.  As part of my friend’s Celebration of Life a walk to Tyuonyi Overlook was offered.  For those that could not do the hike, here are some of the pictures and discussion about plants of the area.   (Click here for [...]

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Our Lives Are Stories: My Friend Dorothy

Date: March 29, 2014 Categories: Talks Comments: No Comments Share:

Celebration of Life for Dorothy Hoard March 25, 2014 As a storyteller, I see our lives as stories written on the wings of time.  Years ago I wrote this poem for someone who meant a lot to me.  I share it today to celebrate my friend Dorothy, a friend of 45 years. Our Lives are Stories Our lives are stories written on the wings of time. Each [...]

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Spring Has Sprung: Spring Flowers of the Jemez Mountains

Date: March 8, 2014 Categories: Nature Comments: No Comments Share:

In New Mexico, the month of March feels like spring. People begin to walk around in short sleeve shirts. Daffodils and crocus begin to bloom in gardens. The day lengthens and the sun warms the earth. Like a garden, the whole world begins to burst forth with new life. As we walk in the canyons, one of first signs spring is finding male catkins [...]

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My Daughters

Date: February 21, 2014 Categories: Family Comments: 2 Comments Share:

I have been trying to organize over 40 years of living in the same house, deciding what to throw away and what to keep. I am slowly going through files and determining the worthiness of each item.  Sometimes it is hard to let go.  Other times a piece of my heart brings me back to the past. As I was going through papers I found a “poem” [...]

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Learning to Believe

Date: February 1, 2014 Categories: Family Comments: 4 Comments Share:

It was 1976.  We sat in the psychologist’s office going over the tests they had just performed on our daughter, then four years old.   They told us she was mentally retarded.  They told us she would never be able to succeed in life.  I remember the last phrase the psychologist said to me “Go home and learn to cope with a hyperactive [...]

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A Family Story: Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

Date: December 13, 2013 Categories: Family Comments: 7 Comments Share:

My grandmother, Effie Hedges, lived until she was 95 years old but she never recovered from the tragedies of loss of her children, particularly Teddy, her youngest, among those lost on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Her first child died at the age of four after eating the poisonous wild parsnip along a stream in the wilds of Idaho, a story [...]

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