Monday, July 25, 2011

Ferry trip

We have just returned from a trip to northcentral Montana.  It was time to cross the Missouri on the three ferries that still exist for this purpose.  We were able to cross at Carter and Virgelle, but the McClelland ferry was closed on the day we tried to go there.

We opted instead for the Bear Paw Battlefield, a National Historic place that reaches inside your soul and tears a piece of it away.  This is the location of the final six-day seige prior to Chief Joseph's capitulation and surrender.  I don't know if I have ever been in a more haunted place.  It has been kept in as pristine condition as possible, so you can really understand what the Nez Perce people were seeing and feeling.  The little stream and springs still supply water and the grasses still move in the breeze the same way they probably did in that fateful period of 1877.  There is good interpretive literature there, and trimmed and mowed trails allow you to walk in the footsteps of those who were there.  It might be a little out of the way, but every Montanan should see it! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

From the Magpie Odyssey

Hello, and thank you for joining me at The Magpie Odyssey Blog.

In the aftermath of last night's storm, a family of magpies are busily making the most of the wet ground and cool temperatures.  In a most amazing turn of events, a pair of young parent magpies have raised five (yes, that's right, five) young "pies" in the relative seclusion of my yard.  They have learned to fly here, and are gradually growing tails that will eventually become the length of those their parents have.

For those of you who have followed my book series, "The Magpie Odyssey," you will understand the significance this has to me.  For those who have not, let it be said that these black and white guardians are good luck and that they bring some magic with them when they choose to live nearby.

With them for inspiration, I am well into the writing of my fifth book in the series.  The strong positive response (thanks, readers) to the first four books has been most appreciated, and I am sure readers will find number five to be even more exciting.  This time, we will follow the adventures of Willow, a character who has made some pretty amazing appearances in the past.  She is a demanding personality, and has let me know in no uncertain terms that it is time for her story to be told.  The book is about a year and a half from completion, but it seemed a good time to let you all know that it is underway.

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Lorretta Lynde