Art Show Adventures

A trip to Brian Head started out wrong. Getting caught in the paving project at Hwys 12 and 89 put us behind a good 30 minutes.

Then it was carefree vacationers playing bite the bumper that further added to the turmoil. THEN A Much-hyped art event for Cedar Breaks National Monument turned out to be much ado about very little.

All dressed up and nowhere to go?

Absolutely not! A nice young man working the lift at the resort offered a free ski lift trip. I’ve always wanted to ride one but not ski. It was marvelous, and the view superb.

That set us off in a different direction. We left and headed back over the hill to Panguitch for something to eat. A chicken –bacon wrap and root beer hit the spot.

We finished the evening with a stop at Bryce Canyon for popcorn and an hour at the rock shop. Not the plan, but better than the 45 image art sale .

Am I Really Out of Touch?

I recently decided to add 2 “women’s issues” on-line magazines to my phone –
Smart News. I had expectations of seeing articles about women’s health,
welfare (not the entitlement kind) and education. Boy was I surprised.

Here’s a sample of the articles titles from two magazines:
• “Wraps are Bullshit, Eat a Sandwich Instead”
• “The Dumbest Thing In Your Kitchen”
• “The First Agency For Transgender Models is Opening in L.A.”
• Is Office Air Conditioning a Sexist Conspiracy?”
• “Guys Shave Their Legs For The First Time and Vow To Never Do It Again”.
Really?

This is the best you can do?: And those article help women how? And
more, do today’s women really find those articles interesting?
What happened to writing about what we know not opinion? Where are the
articles on improving our financial positions, How to have pocket money,
or other financial articles to help educate women to improve their
position?

Women have been the social conscious for many generations. Many of the best
laws have been written and promoted by women. Yet “womens’ issues”
magazines don’t seem to touch on those aspects of our lives. Where are
the articles about life planning and when you should start? Where’s the
health related articles?

Life is about choices and these should be made without peer pressure way
back in High School, not when we’re 35 with three kids. Today’s world is
about making choices on lifestyle, financial position and a host of other
issues. I saw none of those articles. But I will hold off on my decision
on whether to continue having them on my phone based on their articles
for the next month. At that point, I’ll have to decide if I’m too old or
not. But you never get a second chance to change a first impression.

Until next time . . . . .

Writing Life Stories – A Book Review

Bill Roorbachs Book

I’ve read a lot of books on writing, but none that has helped me as much as Bill Roorbach’s “Writing Life Stories”, and I’ve only just begun reading it.

Early on, like No. 3, is a section on map-making that spoke to my visual side. He suggested you “make a map of the earliest neighborhood you can remember”, and then describe it. Use details, sights, smells, sounds, etc and see what pops up. It was an incredible experience. And allowed me to write about the house my dad built when I was 4-5 years old. The memories were wonderful and laid the groundwork for many others I had long since forgotten about.

Then I went digging for images that matched those memories and they made for a wonderful family story that is not just verbal. Do try it and do read his book. I’m grateful he took the time to write it and I’m glad Writer’s Digest recommended it.

Until next time.

Grandmother

In my Rose Garden of memories
I see you standing there,
An angel in disguise
Who taught me how to care.

I long to hear your voice
for real, not in my dreams;
I am missing you so much these days
how empty my world seems.

People say time heals all wounds
that someday the pain will subside,
But Grandma I can tell you
I think they must have lied.

The emptiness I am feeling now
is strong and I am weak,
These days go by without you
so dreary and so bleak.

In my Rose Garden of memories
I know you’ll always be,
for though you’re gone from this mortal world
In my heart you’ll always be.

© Victoria L. Payne

I love a ribbon cutting

One of my favorite things to do is help people with their projects.
Whether it’s a Fire Station, Health Clinic, or Historic District, ribbon
cutting is the most satisfying outcome I can imagine. While I’ve lived in
Escalante I’ve gotten grant monies for the Fire House, the original
clinic, the airport runway, and the Escalante Show house. All except the
show house were public projects. The show house is privately owned and
operated.

When the Steed’s purchased the abandoned show house in 2013 they
envisioned they would have it open “some day” but not July, 2015. The 1938
facility had been vacated and partly torn up inside as it sat with dirt
floors for almost ten years. Tracy and I had been providing them print
services since 2010 and gotten to be good friends. When Jenifer asked me
to help her with a Grant Proposal for Rural Economic Funds, there was no
way I could say no.

With $50,000 grant award in hand, their own personal funds and a
line-of-credit they went to work to get it open by July 4th, 2015.
Husband Shannon didn’t believe it could or would happen. Jenifer and I
pressed forward . They already have several special events booked for the
venue and will continue to develop their plan of work as they get into the
winter months.

Between their Wild West Retreat, operating the Cowboy Blues Restaurant in
Escalante, serving triple the amount of bus tours and special events at
their outdoor facility, Wild West Retreat and Cowboy Cookouts will
continue to be a success. They have a plan and continue to work it. It’s
been an honor and privilege to work with them over the years. I’m looking
forward to that ribbon cutting.

Escalante Show House Close to Being Revnovated

Escalante Show House Close to Being Revnovated

Escalante Show House Before Renovation

Escalante Show House Before Renovation