Zany Zoo

Z is for Zoo (and THE END of this challenge).

I love going to Zoos with my kids. When they were little, we went to the Hogle Zoo every time we drove through Salt Lake City, Utah. Last month, I went to visit my oldest daughter and asked her what she wanted to do while we were in town…and she surprised me when she said, “I want to go to the Zoo. I haven’t been since I was a kid.” How could we disappoint her? So we went to the Zoo…and here are some of the Zany Zoo creatures we met. Continue reading

Yielding in Yellowstone

Y is for Yellowstone and Yosemite…two of the greatest parks in the U.S.

I wrote about Yosemite earlier last year Here and Here. Now I’ll post a little about Yellowstone. It was set aside in 1872 as America’s first national park. It has tons of geysers, hot pots, and wildlife galore (bears, moose, elk, bison, wolves, coyotes, bald eagles, and other critters). Continue reading

X-country Racing and Awards

 is for X-country racing.

I love X-country skiing and my kids do X-country running. Both are endurance sports, and require lots of stamina and effort. Other things that requires those traits are this A to Z Challenge (which is almost done. Whoo hooo!) and Blog awards. I love getting awards, but it take effort and a lot of work to answer the questions in a fun way, think of recipients to hand off new awards to, and then link to everyone you’re supposed to. Can you hear me huffing and puffing? Continue reading

Tactile Texture

T is for Texture.

I love the feel and look of different Textures. Today’s post can be short or long, depending on you. Here are some photos shots my daughter took, and I’ve written a short Tactile description. Your assignment, if you bravely choose to accept it, is to think up other words to describe these Textures. Leave your Tactile words in the comments below, and let’s see how many descriptive words we can come up with to use in stories to add the sense of Touch. Continue reading

Settings of Secrets

is for Setting.

Stories, settings, sagas, and my 2nd book, Secret Keepers, all start with the Sacred letter S.  I love writing Stories, and pondering different Settings. In Secret Keepers, my main character, Suvi (another S word), heads back to Israel, hoping to draw danger away from her fiancee, James, in Boise, Idaho. Continue reading

Quite different Queens

 is for Queen.

I just finished two books this week about Quite different Queens. The first book was by H.B. Moore entitled Esther the Queen. This well-done historical fiction fleshes out the biblical story of the Jewess Esther, her cousin, Mordachai, King Xerxes (Asahuerus), and wicked Haman. Continue reading