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Day 67 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Tribute 0

Day 67 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Tribute

Today is Memorial Day. Take a moment to honor those who have gone before,  given up their day-to-day lives, to defend the United States and others against forces that would destroy democracy and human rights. We remember and appreciate your service

Day 66 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons:  Top 10 Ballet Companies 0

Day 66 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Top 10 Ballet Companies

Based on their levels of performance and the quality of the actual company, these are commonly considered the World’s Top 10 Ballet Companies. Notice the longevity of these cultural icons. ** American Ballet Theatre founded in 1940 in New York City **  New York City Ballet trains its own dancers and creates its own works **  San Francisco Ballet founded in 1933 is USA’s oldest company and the third largest **  Boston Ballet founded in 1963 **  National Ballet of Canada founded in 1951 and based in Toronto **  La Scala founded in 1813 and associated with  La Scala Theatre (1778) in Italy...

Day 65 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Q&A #3 0

Day 65 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Q&A #3

  1. Do you see yourself in any of the characters in 84 Ribbons? Bits and pieces of me are in what I write. I share a love of family time, ballet and trips to the mountains as my protagonist, Marta, loves as well. For a while I was like her in that I used our family’s garage for practicing since we had no car until I was ten years old. I also danced around in the family living room and performed for myself and the gold gilt mirror. I see Lynne, Marta’s best friend as my alter ego. She’s able...

Day 64 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: “New-stalgia” 1

Day 64 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: “New-stalgia”

As the songs says, ‘Everything old is new again’. Yesterday I revisited several sites used in 84 Ribbons: The Rims, Rimview Inn (exterior), the train station, Lake Josephine and downtown Billings. The day heated up to 88 so I wilted like an under-watered plant. So did some of the teens for the book/activity event but those who came enjoyed making personal vision boards. I began my drive west (and home) along I-90. The late afternoon slant of sunlight highlighted the green, green fields and hills and misty-fied the mountains. Spring green Montana is truly beautiful. It’s been an excellent chance...

Day 63 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Live from Billings 0

Day 63 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Live from Billings

The drive from Bozeman’s valley surrounded by mountains to Billing’s plain is a causal drive. Yesterday I visited the artsy town of Livingston’s bookstore: Books, Music and More and met Nan, the owner. Lovely shop with lots of music-related materials as well as books. She bought two books and wished me success with my novel. Once I reached Billings, I had a tour of the new state-of-art Billings Public Library. Books are returned thru slotsthen go to a conveyor belt and are partially sorted into bins (via their cover code). They have 2 floors, well-lit wide open spaces and lots of cubbies for...

Day 62 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Reminder 2

Day 62 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Reminder

Just like the water company, this is a friendly reminder that you are invited to investigate my back story chapters through my website. I’ve included two major chapters and will add more after I finish my mini-Montana book tour. I enjoyed living through that general era and I know many of my experiences and observations will mirror those of other individuals. Ah, the simple days…when petticoats fluffed out skirts and guys wore crewcuts. Wait! Was it really simple  or was it just my naiveté? Maybe both.  Send me your recollections; let’s see if our thinking aligns.

Day 61 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Readers and Writers 1

Day 61 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Readers and Writers

Bozeman is a beautiful Montana town with friendly people, lots of readers and exciting writers! Today I attended a women’s book club meeting and listened to them discuss The Rosie Project. They spent time answering questions, adding their opinions and them planning their summer reads around a delicious Key lime pie and strawberries. The scene out the window, a range of mountains and a wide-open sky, made for a lovely two hours spent with women who love story and words. In the evening I met with the Gypsy Rhythm Writers at the Bozeman Public Library, a new state-of-art facility along Seventh....

Day 60 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: More Bozeman 1

Day 60 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: More Bozeman

I had a chance to visit the Country Bookshelf Bookstore  Sunday afternoon for a brief book event. Lovely Indie shop with a cozy feel and a loft for sharing 84 Ribbons with a few hearty souls. I left during a drowning rainstorm. Thanks to Heather we made the trip to my car in one soggy race against the wind. Then it was on the see the last act of Opera Bozeman’s production of La Cenerentola, Rossini’s Cinderella story. Lovely voices, humor in motion and a chance to see a different version of  the story. I was priviledged to be invited to...

Day 59 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons:  Bozeman 0

Day 59 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Bozeman

Spending Saturday as ‘just a writer’ was a delightful break from traveling and driving. The Get Published Conference was a small yet dedicated group of writers from Central Montana and Wyoming organized by Lynn Minneman with writers Danielle Girard and Keith McCafferty as presenters. During the day we had pages shared for group critiques, meet and greet time and a local improv writer/actor who shared ideas for writers. Nice day! The lovely, warm sunshine gave way to hail, rain and thunder and lightning  then opened up for a brilliant sunset. Looking around the area at all the snow-capped mountains reminds me...

Day 58 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Missoula to Billings 0

Day 58 of 84 Days of 84 Ribbons: Missoula to Billings

Last night we drove on the Bozeman alongside the Clark Fork of the Yellowstone River and moving southeast through the Rocky Mountains. We left the campus at the University of Montana and the dusty plain for the vast forests in the Rockies and into cooler (68 degrees) wide plains. The UM bookstore was a busy place with grads picking up graduation gowns , etc and returning/selling texts they don’t anticipate needing as they step to life. I spoke with many and met several people who slowed down to talk with me about 84 Ribbons. We almost had a problem when...