Back in the Saddle

Though the feats are minor, they are noteworthy in this new life of mine: I’ve had two articles published in the past couple months, and I’ve returned to work on my next book project. Some days, the Aerosmith song “Back in the Saddle” loops through my head…though I am embarrassed to admit that particular track so readily queues up in my mental jukebox.

The Reader, July 9, 2015.

The Reader, July 9, 2015.

The Reader, May 28, 2015

The Reader, May 28, 2015

My new outlet for articles is The Reader, Sandpoint’s alternative weekly.

(Find my latest work by clicking on the cover images.) I enjoy musing about and connecting with my community by contributing to local publications. Writing for the Moab’s newspaper, The Times-Independent, was some of the most rewarding work I did during my days in the desert. It’s nice to engage with one’s readership – and actually talk about the topic at hand – at the grocery store, the post office, a potluck. Why write except for these moments of communion?

The past month has also gifted me with an angel in the form of a fellow research geek who has inspired me to return to work on the story of my great-uncle, Mike Miksche. She is just as enthralled with his life as I am and is perhaps even more devoted to unearthing every detail. It’s a delight to have someone with whom to converse and compare notes daily. I feel motivated to make the most of nap times now. I feel more like me.

Much gratitude to my new partner in crime. May I do right by her enthusiasm and assistance. And heartfelt thanks to my daughter who has allowed me to reengage with the written word. May my work inspire her to pursue her own passions someday.

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