Share a Good Story: Pay it Forward

powder-snow in the rockiesRecently, I suffered a loss that left me feeling blue until the night my neighbor, a jovial man, stopped me in the yard. He was eager to talk and told me a heart-warming tale that I’d like to share. It goes like this.

The Little Bear

I was at the Little Bear, you know, that rustic tavern in the Colorado Rockies that everybody’s been to at least once? Even Wille Nelson’s made a few surprise visits. I was there years ago when I was in my twenties. It was January. The snow was falling. The fire was crackling in the fireplace. You get the picture?

I looked across the bar and  saw the most beautiful women I have ever seen. I mean, I got this big  smile on my face, so big I could almost feel it stretching up to my ears. I couldn’t stop grinning. I couldn’t stop looking at her.

She saw me, walked over and said, “I see you’re in love.”

I told her, yes, I was in love and she said, “So am I.”

We had a wonderful relationship for some time. But I was to young, to immature, to make it last.

Yet to this day I can still  see her smiling, and I wish her all the happiness and love in the world. I know she is somewhere, happy and content, because that is who she is and I am blessed for having known her. 

He was smiling from ear to ear and I could feel what he was feeling. So share your good stories because you never know whose heart you might heal.




Hope for a New Age

Real People Real Stories

First Grade 1933 Council Bluffs Iowa Ben Franklin Elementary School
Council Bluffs Iowa

These children attended first grade in 1933 during the Great Depression.  Even though money, food and jobs were scarce, they still obtained an eduction.  When they graduated from high school, the Depression lifted as the United States entered World War II. Then came rationing to support the war.  After the war, they created the American middle-class: home ownership rose, poverty declined.   Later in life, these children would be known as the Greatest Generation: resourceful, humble, hearty.  Not only did they survive enormous challenges of economic disparity and war, they created a prosperous society.  These first graders were our greatest hope for a new age.  And they still are.

So, if any one has information or knows the story of a child in this photo, please share the story.

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Celebrate Spring: Community Gardens, a novella

 Plant yourself carefully

$.99 on Amazon

April 15th to 21st



When a recently widowed horticulturist decides to return to the peaceful small town where she met and married her husband, she hopes to quietly raise her son. Determined to start over and create a new life, she restores a run-down antebellum house and the surrounding acreage, turning it into a thriving garden center. But when she attempts to install a community garden near the local library, she soon discovers that digging in the garden can reveal more than dirt.

Coming Soon: Dance Upon a Field

Dance UPon a Field BookCoverImageRoz Dells tossed a foreclosure notice in the trash. Ridiculous! She had made her payments and could not be bothered by spam. The library’s Seed Exchange Program was about to launch, and she was in charge.

But when a demand notice to stop the Program arrives, she wonders- is this spam or something more sinister? Dance Upon a Field is a story about friendships and the power of community to band together.


Due April 2016