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Pea Patch Island and My First Sunburn of the Summer


It is rare in this part of the country to be able to say that August 31 may have been the most beautiful day of the year.  But it is the first day this summer that I really felt like being out in the sun for hours – hence the first sunburn.  But after finding … Continue reading

Irene – All But Over


The wind is still whipping out there pretty wildly, but not an unfamiliar or scary kind of wild.  We lost one tree overnight – or maybe three by the time I sort out what the big locust landed on – perhaps a cherry tree and a peach tree.  It’s just hard to tell in this … Continue reading

Irene Preparations


Sometimes you can expect an adventure without leaving home, and when there is enough time to prepare, even when something goes awry, you can feel as though it was not for want of trying.  So I prepare for Hurricane Irene to the best of my abilities, and beyond that, hope for the best.  My favorite … Continue reading

Plumpton Park Zoo, Rising Sun, MD


A very long time ago, I read a book by Charles A. Goodrum entitled “I’ll Trade You An Elk” about a small private zoo in Kansas in the 1930’s that quite simply made me laugh until I cried.  It is odd how that book has stayed with me all those years.  When I was reminded … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in the West


Because daily road trips are not possible, even for me, I’m going to let you all in on how all of this began for me.  It was simple, really.  I was born in a covered wagon, somewhere in Kansas, with wheels under my feet. No, really. My parents owned a sheep ranch outside Hugoton, in … Continue reading

Farewell Miss Helen


I know it seems early for me to be digressing from my chosen topic, but, on the other hand, in truth, it is a very real and wonderful part of my journey in America. I went this morning to the funeral of a 96 year old woman with whom I was acquainted, but whose son … Continue reading

Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD


After days of gloom and sheeting rain, finally, a glorious day! An artist I know sent an invitation to her show opening at Quiet Waters Park a couple of weeks ago – I wasn’t able to make the event, but took the opportunity on this gorgeous day to grab a friend and go see her … Continue reading

What’s in a name?


So why Wayward Pioneer? My mother always told me I’d wind up in a home for wayward girls – long before I had a clue what she meant by that… My people were pioneers, helping to settle the great state of Colorado – coal miners and ranchers mostly, but a large part of their spirit … Continue reading

Hello world!


I finally understand that blogging is something I’ve done for years, although I knew it as “journaling” or “keeping a diary.”  Either of those almost make it sound as though I put myself in league with the greats – Samuel Pepys, perhaps, although I can’t even begin to name names the way that guy could … Continue reading

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