Louisa Swann

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Nov 20

A Day Off

  Yesterday I turned 62. Ended up taking the day off from writing, though that wasn’t intentional. Hubby and I had breakfast at a cute little place in Graeagle, then took a drive around Lakes Basin. Instead of fall leaves, we found naked trees (of the deciduous type), snow, and water. Lots of water. In …

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Nov 06

Time to Rock and Roll!

We’ve been reading Mark Twain Himself by Milton Meltzer, an enjoyable and enlightening read. I didn’t know that Clemens held out for royalties (5%) instead of selling all rights to Innocents Abroad! Smart man, though he had his ups and downs. As his daughter Susy put it: “He has the mind of an author exactly, …

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Jun 20

Happy Summer!

Abby Crumb is almost here and summer is at hand! Stay tuned for more news. Meanwhile, here are a few images from our Father’s Day adventure!  

Apr 10


This weekend’s spring weather. Another anomaly? It isn’t that unusual for the mountains to get snow in April (though we are generally below snow level at 5,000′). What is unusual is the combination of rain, snow, and wind coming on top of soil that was already saturated from the winter’s precipitation. We had more trees …

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Mar 23

Spring cleaning!

Since technology keeps rolling forward while I feel like I’m sliding backward, I’ve enlisted some help (thanks Brandon!) to get my website/social media sites, etc. upgraded. This post is basically a test. Hopefully, it will show up in the places it’s supposed to!

Mar 13

Full Moon Rising

It seems as though the past seven or eight months has passed in a blur. I’ve been writing and submitting, had some acceptances, finally finished and indie published It Ain’t No Bull (an ongoing project for wayyy too long) all while dealing with the passing of my father and a totally crazy winter. Winter has …

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Aug 15

Time – A Contemplation

In some ways, it’s hard to believe almost a year has gone by since Jim was training for Ironman Lake Tahoe. In other ways, it’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since he was training. Yesterday, he went back in the water for the first time since the event last September and did …

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Aug 02

Tending the Garden

 I always dread being gone for too long when the greenhouse is going full bore. I never know what I’ll come back to. It only takes a few days before the growth reaches the point where maintenance requires more hours than I can give. This time I was gone for five days. Just before leaving, …

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Jul 25

Balancing Act

This is Fred. Charlie’s cousin. Charlie appeared in last week’s post, but was too busy to pose this week, so Fred stepped in. Working in the greenhouse this past weekend gave me time to reflect on writing (surprise, surprise :). Growing a garden, whether outside or in a greenhouse environment is like any other creative …

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Jul 19

No Coincidences

No such thing as coincidence. Recent experience put the lie to that statement (an experience that has nothing to do with the critter to the left :). Mechanicals and I tend to live in awe of each other. I look at something mechanical and think, “Awesome!”  The mechanical looks at me and thinks, “Awe, here …

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