Where was I? Alaska, where else! Yes, Women Who Run With the Dogs is still an ongoing effort and it will probably be in that category for at least a year more. I'm chugging along on it but this one is a real heart book and my most ambitious and challenging literary effort to date. To follow some of my adventures and efforts there, you can visit gwynnmorganalaska.blogspot.com. This trip yielded the most progress yet and pretty well met my expectations which I had feared might be too high.
Here is my prize photo from the trip. At the Iditarod Committee's annual meeting/picnic and musher sign up day for the 2017 race, I actually got my two heroine lady mushers in one place, squeezed between than and had a picture taken! That is the amazing Deedee Jonrowe on my right: breast cancer survivor, marathon runner and 31 time Iditarod finisher. Yes, she is still racing! And on my left is Aliy Zirkle, three timer in second place, and top five the last five races. She was a special heroine in this year's race coming in 3rd after some terrible experiences on the trail. Believe me, they are real rock stars --they shine and rock with the best 'cause they are!--and they're also wonderful, warm and very down-to-earth ladies. I love them both like sisters.
Yes, I will be back doing more memoir pieces and sharing some verses, maybe more old tales and other fun stuff very soon. Meanwhile happy Independence Day weekend to all. Be safe and be grateful for our wonderful freedom and space to live our lives as we choose, paid for by the red blood of many soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guards and marines! Darn right I am patriotic; I love my country with all my heart although I cannot say as much for the government most of the time.
I'll leave you with two poems. They may be old and a child's simple words, but I stand by my sentiments to this day!
I will always be true
To the red, white and blue
As it waves on flagpoles high
Flying,flying, in the sky
Keep her strong.
Stop the people
Who do her wrong.
Yes, I say amen to that today!