Cold Case: Book helped find a Stampeder’s final resting place

Six degrees of separation, it turns out, can span an entire century and two continents. The book, Gold Rush Wife (Ember Press, 2016) about the Turnagain Arm gold rush of 1896, helped solve a family mystery in Norway, which in turn added to the historical veracity of a stampede that predated the Klondike gold rush.…

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The Tyranny of Snow

  Another snowfall Adds to the weight Of this winter. Skiing through the marsh, Slender spruce trees Bow beneath their burden. Stooped old women, Curled into themselves.   Flake by pure-driven flake, It is not one but the many Small injustices that Bend these trees over time. Break some of them.   How can something light…

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Horseback in Winter

Bareback and bunny boots are secrets to staying warm Light snow falls like a whisper, settling softly on the black mane of my horse. In the crisp air of winter, he snorts and paws at the snow-covered trail. He is as eager to go as I am. There’s no better way to explore the soul…

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Malarkey

  We took a trip to visit my old sixth grade school teacher in North Dakota a few weeks ago. It is no secret, the influence that a teacher can have on the life of a kid and I credit Rex Cook with first publishing my work. One day during class, I was writing poetry and…

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“The Girl”

My son’s eyes and mine meet. He looks slightly sheepish and hugely proud. We are in a crowd leaving an auditorium where my granddaughter – my son’s daughter—has just finished her first ballet recital. She is five. It is the first dance recital for all of us. My granddaughter is the first girl to be…

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