Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bud Werner Memorial Library Book Club Bash

Tomorrow night, December 1st at 6:30 PM, the Bud Werner Memorial Library will be hosting a book club bash for all local book clubs and individuals interested in new book ideas.

Along with book club members sharing book notes, library staff will be on hand to make recommendations as well as members of the local SHeWrites group who will be offering books by their members, all local authors.

I look forward to joining other SHeWrites members in sharing our books with local readers. A big thank you to the staff of the library for sponsoring and hosting this event!

Friday, November 25, 2011

North Routt County's Version of Shop Small

Cassidy and I will be participating in the annual Moonhill Holiday Bazaar tomorrow at the Moonhill Schoolhouse. Cass will be offering her newly designed custom jewelry with Jewels West and I'll have my books, prints, and note cards.

After listening to a spokesperson for the Shop Small initiative on the news this morning, it occurred to me that the Moonhill Holiday Bazaar is really a mini-shop small initiative of its own in North Routt County.

Cassidy and I enjoyed participating last year in the Holiday Bazaar. We look forward to seeing our friends, neighbors, and all others who stop by the historic Moonhill Schoolhouse searching for just the right item on their Christmas lists.

Wherever you are, I hope you'll consider supporting your local small businesses and entrpreneurs in your community as you prepare for the holidays.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Power of a Dog's Image

At the recent Northwest Colorado Products Hometown Gala, where I sold my book and note cards to holiday shoppers, I was taken by the response one of my photographic note cards had on those who passed by.

Placed on a carousel rack display, my photo of Brute, my son’s dog, seemingly stopped some individuals in their tracks. Some would step forward and pick the card up to have a closer look: Brute, dressed in an argyle sweater, on a snowy day, stopped still in his tracks. Other shoppers, traveling with a spouse or friend, would say, “Oh, look, look at that. That reminds me of the dog I had as a kid.” At times I thought they were caught by the image but weren’t sure why until they explored it--looking deeper into the photo. Who is that dog? What is he doing? He looks so cute.

As readers will see in the accompanying photo, Brute seems to easily capture one’s heart and attention. As shoppers looked the card over I would share with them the story of Brute’s walk that day. Although Brute looks almost philosophical, he was the furthest from feeling philosophical at that moment as he could have been.

On the back of the card I have recorded the following story about Brute that day, titled “End of a Winter’s Walk.”

“Short-haired dogs in ranch country need protection in the wintertime. One Christmas morning I gave Brute, my son’s Boston Terrier, an argyle sweater. While walking with me down our county road after a lovely winter storm he came to a premature halt. My family speculated that it wasn’t the weather or the walk that displeased Brute but the argyle sweater I thought would suit him so well.”

If Brute could have talked to me that day, I'm sure he would have told me how silly he felt in that sweater.

In some ways it's not surprising that Brute draws this kind of attention. He is probably the most well-liked and famous of all the Kurtz Ranch dogs. No matter where he is he can draw a crowd or find a friend. He was recently, unofficially, declared the mascot of theNational Stock Horse Futurity at Paso Robles simply by traveling through the crowd greeting one and all.

We miss Brute around here but we know he has been enjoying some good weather and good times at the Whitney's Wild Oaks Ranch in Exeter, California where he's been living with Andy.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Headed to the NWCP Holiday Gala

Many local artisans and food producers will be headed to the Northwest Colorado Products Holiday Gala this weekend at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. All are members of the NWCP non-profit organization here in Routt County, a group created to support and promote producers of locally made and, or locally grown items.

Thankfully, NWCP offers the creative and entreprenurial spirit a platform to share what they have imagine, crafted, and brought to life. Whether one is shopping for Christmas gifts or looking for products that are produced with thought and care, the NWCP Holiday Shopping Gala is an event not to miss.

I'll be joining over twenty-five other producers at the library on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 9 AM - 3 PM with my book and photographic note cards.

Join us if you can!

Monday, November 7, 2011

An Entrepreneurial Spirit at Work

We'd like to congratulate Alisha Smith on her recent accomplishments both in and out of the show ring.

A recent APHA News article highlights her journey from junior rider, APHA intern, master's graduate student, to NRHA competitor and small business owner. Quite a list for someone who is just twenty-six years old.

Alisha has been on the road for over two months this fall showing her horse Bullseye in NRHA events qualifying for Rookie of the Year class to be held at the NRHA Futurity in December.

As she travels from show to show Alisha also sets up her Dos Gringas trade booth where she offers "Jewelry, Clothing, and Accessories for the Cowgirl Within."

An ambitious journey, Alisha, and well done. Good luck in December!

For the complete article, go to:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bidding Autumn Adieu

Autumn's Passage

Two small aspen leaves shudder beneath dawn’s breath.
No longer trim, lovely and round.
Alone and dark from autumn’s light
They hang freely, still open to morning’s light.

A yoked twig, young and thin, holds the travelers
One east and one west, as wheat to chaff
Once spring jewels, now dying out
This twig, a mooring for passage on their sojourn.

Alone, the leaves, dark from autumn’s light
Shudder as if the last tickling of summer sun were eternity
And they, mute witness to life’s ebb, autumn’s weeping rain.
Twinkle faithfully, in dawn’s still candlelight.