Laughs After Cancer

Blondie

Blondie

I was listening to the 80’s music channel this morning when I heard a Blondie singing Heart of Glass. It took me back to my Amarillo roots and teenage years.  My dad LOVED Blondie – to the point of annoyance. If you knew my dad, you would never expect Punk Rock to...

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Nothing Happened

Nothing Happened

Day 10 of our Great Montana Adventure (or Day 29 of our road trip): Homeward Bound We drove from Sioux Falls to Home. Nothing happened.  Absolutely nothing. For those of you wondering how Gene has stayed married to me for 37 years when I post stories about our...

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The Badlands

The Badlands

Day 9:  Custer to Sioux Falls. (Badlands) If you want to social distance and see stunning scenery, then the badlands is where you need to go.  We left Custer and drove Hwy. 16A through Custer State Park on our way to the Badlands.  Sure, there are faster ways to go,...

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Day 8:  Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Day 8: Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse

I have wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore for many, many years, but the opportunity never presented itself.  I was so excited that I woke up early; I mean really early.  I'm like a kid on Christmas morning.  Gene got up early as well and we walked to the local “Our Place...

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Day 7: Buffalo, WY to Custer, SD

Day 7: Buffalo, WY to Custer, SD

Our drives each day have been filled with beautiful landscapes and mostly mountain views. We are now about to head through eastern Wyoming where the population is sparse and there is a quiet beauty to the landscape (as long as you don’t have to cross it in a covered...

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The Great Battlefield Tour

The Great Battlefield Tour

 We get ready to leave the hotel for our trip south to Buffalo, WY when I ask Gene what the plan for the day is.  “I want to stop at Little Big Horn Battlefield if you don’t mind,” he says.  Of course I don’t mind.  I know about Custer and Little Big Horn – some.  ...

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Day 4: Yellowstone North Loop

Day 4: Yellowstone North Loop

After our last night at the Dude Ranch and a hearty breakfast, we start our day with a plan.  We will go to Yellowstone when it opens and head straight to the bison herd and waterfalls before the crowds get big.  We know we have to run the “bear dinning gauntlet”...

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Day 3:  Yellowstone South Loop

Day 3: Yellowstone South Loop

Second day at the Dude ranch and I’m still calling Gene Dude.  He is mildly amused.  Just mildly. But he didn’t hide the bear spray, so I think he still has my back. We started our day with a “Legendary hearty biscuits and sausage” breakfast and coffee at 7 a.m.  We...

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My Happy Place

My Happy Place

Several years ago, I met a wonderful woman named Trudie.  She learned that I was going to start treatment for breast cancer and she offered to help me in any way she could.  Unlike many offers of help people made, she meant it.  She contacted me several weeks into...

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The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.

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All proceeds from book sales are donated to two local non-profit funds to help breast cancer patients afford diagnosis and care. Virginia Gay Hospital Gifts of Hope provides free mammograms and diagnostic services and is supported by the Benton County Survivors Group; and the Hall-Perrine Hope Fund helps cancer patients pay for emergency needs.