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Colorado Penwoman
Writer, photographer, noticer
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Autumn in the Colorado high country peaks at various times throughout September, and this year it was a couple of weeks behind our normal schedule. I was fighting a cold bug during the peak weeks, so my trip to Boreas Pass caught our aspens just past peak. A cold front... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2021 at Colorado Penwoman
(Photo ©Donna Lee, Littleton, CO) Two years ago this evening, my younger brother’s soul left his pain-ravaged body, and soared into eternity. I went outside to water my garden. I cried like the wounded spirit I was. I no sooner began both, when a white butterfly landed on my arm.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at Colorado Penwoman
In 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th as National Flag Day. According to many, including the Supreme Court of the United States, our flag, and everything that flag represents, is not as important as a person’s right to desecrate that flag. I understand that freedom... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at Colorado Penwoman
It's that time of year in Colorado when bulbs are just now sending up signs of having survived several months of dormant life in the frozen earth. As temperatures rise, soil thaws, and shoots emerge, all those hidden treasures begin to reveal themselves. These guys are still underground, and will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Colorado Penwoman
I just looked at the clock. 7:11PM MST. It is dark outside, but my brain perked up at the thought of how much light there will be at this same time in the coming months. Isn't that exciting?! Snow is receding in the front yard, and daffodil leaves are up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at Colorado Penwoman
Thank you, Vicki. So good to hear from you!
Thank you very much. I hope to do a lot more.
Just photos this time. White flowers always make me think of romance, weddings, and petticoats. Now, there's a word you don't hear all that often in 2021! Petticoats! High Key Ruffles and Flourishes Center Stage High Key Softness Backlit, Low Key Moody For the past twelve years, I've gone through... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Colorado Penwoman
Thank you Brenda. You can copy the link on the address bar at the top of this page, then paste it for your friends. I’ll look into how to set up sharing individual posts.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2021 on A COVID Diary at Colorado Penwoman
(I struggled with how to present this information, and ultimately decided to go with the diary-type format, for the most part. With the exception of the last week of March and first week of April, when I was sickest, I usually managed to communicate with friends, either on Facebook, text,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
My kids were in junior high and high school, and upstairs in their rooms as I cooked dinner one evening. I happened to look over at the kitchen table, and saw the grass clippers I had left there after using them that afternoon. I thought, okay, take them to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
I was just thinking about the time I had to fill in for the church organist one Sunday morning. I was the church pianist, but when the organist was gone, I was the one who got her job. The pastor's wife was playing the piano this particular morning, and my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
Seventy-six years ago today, the first of two million men poured onto the beaches of northern France, in what was to become the beginning of the end of the Third Reich. War photographer Robert Capa went in with the first wave of infantry at 0630 hours. His images speak poignantly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
I remember when May 30th was called Decoration Day. After the War Between the States, people honored the dead from that war by placing flowers on their graves. Back then, it was a specific day for honoring the war dead, and over the years, as wars came and went, more... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
Watching my children grow, and caring for them, has brought the greatest joy to my life. My children were five and eight when they experienced their first spring in Colorado. Thankfully, we had purchased a house that was lovingly cared for by a couple who enjoyed gardening, so after enduring... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
When school started in the fall, I was once again a parent volunteer. That warm August day brought the kids and teachers back together, minus the graduating seniors from the Class of 1999, and, of course, those whose lives were lost in April. This time, the students in wheelchairs had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
From our house, we could see the lights at Clement Park and Columbine High School. It was particularly noticeable because that was far from normal, especially at that time of year. Since the 20th, lights at the school had burned through the night, as had even baseball field lights at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
By definition, perspective is a sensory connotation. In my experience, sensory overload results in the mind having to develop new ways of storing information, so that the brain can function within the confines of reality. At least that seems to be the rational goal. No two people see a situation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
Donna Lee, who had a child inside Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, recounts that time in history from the perspective of the average parent in her three-part series, It Can Happen Here: Memories From Columbine. From the moment the story broke on KOA, throughout that day and the ensuing days, Ms Lee gives readers a glimpse into the life of a mother as she observes and struggles through the repercussions of this most famous of school shootings. Her unique point of view will pull at heartstrings and give new insight and perspective on the story. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Colorado Penwoman
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