Looking back on 2018 #newyears2019

Looking back on 2018, I’m amazed at all the changes in my life, starting in January when my niece Patty and I adopted a darling little puppy.


My new love, Miss Callie.

The pup, all 4 1/2 pounds of her, filled up the holes in my heart and drove me crazy at the same time. She’s about 13 months old now and still a little scamp at 16-17 pounds. This is what she looks like fully grown. Her coat is darker and I still don’t know where the long legs came from. Her mother was tiny.

Callie grown

Callie, my rescue pup, all grown up

In June I started a new book set in Montana and made good progress until late August/September when a plumbing problem set off the spark that led to a whole house remodel. Oy! It’s difficult to write in the midst of chaos, and after a while I gave up trying. We are now down to the dining room and kitchen. Unfortunately the latter is the most complicated room.

I’m especially excited about my new office. Surely I can write in such a lovely spot. I love my big cherry wood desk.

new office

In September I also had a chance to travel to Montana on a 13-day trip through the western third of the state. I got a much better idea of what Montana looks like and picked up a lot of historical tidbits to make the story more authentic. One of the highlights was a visit to the Grant Kohrs historic ranch.

ranch photo

One of the highlights was a day in Glacier National Park and it’s a memorable one. We had rain, fog, hail and snow. Now I need to go back to get a better look at the glaciers, as visibility was limited, esp. early in the day. But what an adventure! Here I am posing by the 1937 White bus we were traveling in that day, the one with a leaky convertible top. I haven’t gained twenty pounds; I was wearing four layers of clothing.

Linda at Glacier Park

The Montana trip was fun, and this year I’m looking forward to a Cherry Blossom tour of Washington, D.C. in April and a trip to Iceland and New York City at the end of August.

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2019.


2019 New Year

98 Years Ago Suffragettes Triumph #WomensEqualityDay

Niney-eight years ago women finally won the right to vote, a triumph of the suffragette movement that went on for sixty years!

womens equality day graphic

2018 Women’s Equality Day graphic from the National Women’s History Project

It still boggles my mind that it took sixty years of courageous activism from several generations of women before they were finally granted the right to vote. The arc of justice certainly does move slowly.

suffragette with sign

Yeah, they were justifiably angry. (Suffragette With A Sign
@ Therealdarla)

It all started with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. (Date corrected 8/27/18.)

The movement struggled for decades, but the tide turned during and after World War I. The Nineteenth Amendment was passed by Congress on May 21, 1919, before being sent to the states. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee voted and the amendment was ratified. Women voted for the first time that November.

In 1971, feminist and Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution designating August 26th as Women’s Equality Day, and the resolution passed.

I feel it’s important that women remember the long struggle to win the right to vote. There are still forces in society that would like to stifle our voices. Voting is one way we can make our wishes known to our elected representatives. We learned in the last election, that matters can be decided by a relatively few votes, bringing home the lesson that every vote really does count.

Are you registered for November? I am and I intend to vote.


PS Since it’s also National Dog Day, here’s a picture of my puppy, Callie. I celebrated by making a donation to the Humane Society on Facebook.

Callie sitting

Callie, my rescue pup