Moscow Trip Homework

As I mentioned in *this post*, I was in Moscow, Idaho for a few days for a writing conference. I was blessed by several fun days with many new acquaintances (and an old friend), a wonderful concert by The Gray Havens, and a series of spectacular lectures/workshops on writing. One of the lessons was about noticing what is around you, always being aware of what is going on at any given time, so I thought I’d share one of the papers I wrote while I was there. It’s just a short paragraph, but it was fun to write.

Puddles of water and small leaves lie on the cement and on top of wooden benches that litter downtown Moscow, Idaho. Old stone building are found on almost every street corner and new college students wander in and out.
The rumble of car engines and the creak of buses, along with the clatter of many people fills your ears.
The seven (or so) restaurants that are within a one block radius, supply your nostrils with wonderful smell and your stomach with hunger.
The crisp fall air chills your fingers and toes, while the sun warms your head and back.
A young woman sits on a wet bench in front of you, her legs crossed, shivering from the cold. A small notebook sits open on her lap and she bends over it, scrapping her pen across the lines. She is attempting to write something with stiff fingers, but most of the time she just sits, hands shoved in her jacket pockets, trying to ignore her aching feet.

Most people actually tune out all that is going on around them because there is so much and we end up only grasping a very little bit.

Are you generally one to notice your surroundings? Or do you find yourself sitting somewhere for several minutes before you even realize even the simplest of things?

Until next time, may you seek truth, goodness and beauty.



High In The Sky

I flew from Tennessee to Idaho last week, and so, spent a considerable amount of time in the air. Which is not a problem for someone who immensely enjoys the sky, as I do.  I couldn’t help but take pictures of the beauty around and below me as the view was absolutely stunning. I now take to the web to share some of them with you all.






Salt Lake City



(Pretty sure) the Rocky Mountains



More Idaho


I had a really good time in Idaho (I went there for a writing conference, more about that to come).

Have you been on a plane? Comment how far the farthest you’ve ever flown.

Until next time,


Ark Encounter


On Wednesday, September 12, 2017, A family of thirteen (remaining at home) stopped in Williamstown, Kentucky to visit the Ark replica. That family was mine, and we were enjoying our Christmas gift. We were traveling back from Montana, and only five short hours away from our home we hadn’t seen in seven months.
The first glimpse we saw (coming over a hill) of the ark, was just the height and depth, and we were already surprised by its size. By the time we stepped off the bus and were walking towards our destination and could fully see the length, its magnitude amazed us.
As the world’s largest timber made structure, the Ark itself stands almost eight stories from the ground with a width of 85 feet.
Over one and a half times the length of a football field, this well designed, rectangular box (for my lack of a better shape name) is the same measurements as the one Noah built, thousands of years ago, by the instruction of God. It was to hold eight people and two of every kind of animal, (seven of the clean/sacrificial animals) for over a year.
Just image that for a minute. Eight people… hundreds of animals & reptiles… for over a year… while God destroyed the world and everything in it, with a flood.
I had thought of it and read the account several times previously, but nothing really prepared me for seeing its size myself.
Several things were also brought to light that I hadn’t thought of before. For instance, how they got fresh water for so many creatures; how they received light, artificial and real; and how they got rid of all the waste. (Eww!)
The complexion of it was amazing. The wisdom that Noah must have received in building and handling it all is mind blowing.

I encourage you to read the true account for yourselves in Genesis, chapters 6-8, and if at all possible to visit the Ark as well.
It is well worth the cost and time.

Until next time,


Symphony Under The Stars

This past Saturday (the 15th) Helena, Montana had it’s 14th Annual Symphony Under The Stars (SUTS) about 1/2 mile from where we live. This SUTS was a free rock concert with music from the 70’s and 80’s, so naturally we jumped at the chance to go. It was delayed for an hour and a half due to rain, but when it finally started we had a blast.

Unfortunately not all of us were able to go, but those who did do not regret it. We went with some friends and enjoyed the music. The playlist was as follows:

We Will Rock You / We are the Champions+

25 or 6 to 4 +

Girls Just Want to Have Fun +

Hotel California +

I Will Survive +

Son of a Preacher Man +

Respect +

Alone +

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough +

Bohemian Rhapsody +

*** Intermission***

Come Sail Away+

Stayin’ Alive+ 

Proud Mary+

Stairway to Heaven+

Like A Prayer+

Man in the Mirror+

Dream On+

You Can’t Stop the Beat +

We walked out to Dream On as it was almost midnight on a Saturday, but we enjoyed viewing the fireworks (which were shot off after), from the comfort of our front yard.


(P.S. Our rented house has no internet, so writing posts is a bit of a challenge, I am currently parked in Starbucks)


Who Was Adolf Hitler?

I know. You’re probably thinking, “Of course I know who Adolf Hitler was. Where is she going with this? And why is she writing a post about the most notorious mass murderer in history?”…

There are three reasons: 1) I have been studying WWII and Adolf Hitler (which has included reading his 720 page autobiography/propaganda filled book); 2) Today marks 128 years since his birth; and, 3) Many don’t actually know that much about Hitler, except that he was the world’s most infamous dictator, and a mass murderer. So, I am going to give a synopsis about his life.


Adolf Hitler was born on April 20th, 1889, in Austria, to Alois and Klara Hitler.

From a young age, Adolf was constantly rubbing shoulders with his equally stubborn father. When Alois wanted his son to follow in his footsteps by studying financing, Adolf purposefully did poorly at school in the hopes that his father would relent and let him study the much preferred subjects of Art or Architecture.


(Adolf at around age 10)

When Alois died suddenly in 1903, Adolf’s mother allowed him to enroll in a different school where his performance improved.

In December of 1907 (When Adolf was just 18) his beloved mother died of breast cancer, leaving him orphaned and homeless in Vienna. He was rejected twice from the Academy Of Fine Arts In Vienna and forced to work for a living. During this time he was introduced to racism and, some suggest this is also when he embraced anti-semitism.

He moved to Munich in 1913 and in listed in the Bavarian Army at the outbreak of World War I  (or as it was then known, The Great War) where he was wounded, temporarily blinded, and received several badges for bravery.

In 1919 Hitler joined the German Worker’s Party, which later changed it’s name to the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (the Nazis). Hitler himself designed the banner.


(A Swastika in a white circle with a red background)


He was discharged from the army in 1920, and he began to work full time for the “Party.”    Hitler was an impressive speaker and soon people were flocking to hear him rage against the unfairness of the Treaty Of Versailles, and his hate of Marxists and Jews.

Influenced by Mussolini’s March On Rome, Hitler and his “Beer Hall Putsch” marched to overthrow the Bavarian Government. Twenty people were killed in the failed attempt, and Hitler was arrested for treason and placed in prison, where he wrote part of his autobiography. Released in late December of 1924, Hitler rebuilt the National Socialist German Worker’s Party and sold hundreds of thousands of copies of his book which laid out his plans of transforming Germany into one, pure race.

Adolf Hitler

In January of 1933, Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. In July of that year, the Nazi Party was named the only legal party in that country.

In 1934, the President of Germany died, and his role in office was merged with Hitler’s role as Chancellor, making him Führer. In the following years Hitler continued to gain power and soldiers, eliminating anyone who opposed him publicly.

On September 1, 1939, the German army invaded Poland, starting the Second World War of which all major countries (and many minor) in the world took part.

As Germany invaded country after country, Hitler’s numerous death camps appeared. Horrible atrocities were committed on people solely because of their ethnicity, color, age or disabilities. Hitler’s plan for a pure world could include nothing less than strong, healthy, young, and fit “Aryans.” Men and woman, young and old, were shot, starved or worked to death, sent to the gas chambers, burnt alive and mass murdered; all because of one ruler’s twisted beliefs, other wicked men (and women), and the blind obedience of his followers.


Once a young boy, devastated by the loss of his brother, and later his parents; Hitler is now responsible for the worst mass murdering the world had ever seen. (Only the number of babies killed since 1980, which is more than 1,000,000,000, tops Adolf Hitler in intentional killing)

The number of deaths caused by the Holocaust stands around 10,000,000. The number of deaths during World War II stands over 60,000,000 people (over 40,000,000 of which were civilians).

When Hitler realized the loss of the war was inevitable, he ordered his labor camps to start killing their workers. It was his last attempt to “cleanse” the world.

In April of 1945, shortly after his 56th birthday, he and his newly wed wife, Eva, killed themselves. Ending Hitler’s 12 year reign of terror.





Hot Air Balloons

This day last year, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that Phoenix has hot air ballon days(?)… and they were launched right by us and we could walk a few hundred feet to view them up close. Of course I brought the camera, so I decided to share some of the photos with you all. It was a little overcast that day, but it was still a great sight to see!



Yes. It is true, he did really have a great fall… and I watched it.


Which was your favorite?