Saturday, October 31, 2009


Build a home for the spirits
who have fallen from this terrible weapon.
You must never stop building the house.
If you stop, you will die.”

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I seriously predicted this nearly ten years ago

Costco, too.
Walmart doing funerals.
I've believed for years that the funeral industry was ripe for someone to come in and compete. The massively expensive strangle hold they have on a family, during a terrible time of loss is terrible.
I feel a little bit psychic today. :)
Long overdue.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Massachusetts School for Idiotic and Feeble Minded Youth

I'm on Petticoats & Pistols today
School for Idiotic and Feeble-Minded Children, South Boston (moved to Waltham in 1887) – Massachusetts State Reform School, Westbrorough (later “Lyman School for Boys”)

Okay, why can’t I quit laughing about this having it’s name changed to School for Boys?
It’s my own male bashing reflex no doubt.
When we’re doing research we just stumble on the weirdest things.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fun with Words

Common words in general text
Most of the longest English words are not likely to occur in general text, meaning non-technical present-day text seen by casual readers, in which the author did not specifically intend to use an unusually long word.

The longest words likely to be encountered in general text are deinstitutionalization and counterrevolutionaries, with 22 letters each.

A computer study of over a million samples of normal English prose found that the longest word one is likely to encounter on an everyday basis is uncharacteristically, at 20 letters.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Petticoat Ranch now available on KINDLE

I just found this out.
Petticoat Ranch
and most of my other books
is now available on
I don't know how many Kindle users there are out there
But this is new and interesting.
Buy it on

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Elle at rest

I try to resist putting picture of my granddaughter on this blog. I mean, at FIRST I didn't try very hard. But lately I've been trying. Until I got this picture and I realized that she is so incredibly beautiful that honestly, it's just not right for me to keep it from you.
And it's not right to wield that kind of power over the world-the power of having this picture and not sharing it. The world is just so much better of a place with this picture up for all to see.
To keep it from you would be wrong of me.
But mostly I have been trying to resist putting pictures of Elle up.
But who could resist this?

Monday, October 19, 2009

An Example to us All

Pepper Basham used my hero Red from
Montana Rose
as a good example today on her blog

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fun with Words

Typed words
The longest words typable with only the left hand using conventional hand placement on a QWERTY keyboard are tesseradecades, aftercataracts, and the more common but sometimes hyphenated sweaterdresses.

Using the right hand alone, the longest word that can be typed is johnny-jump-up, or, excluding hyphens, monimolimnion.

The longest English word typable using only the top row of letters has 11 letters: rupturewort.

Similar words with 10 letters include: pepperwort, perpetuity, proprietor, typewriter, requietory, repertoire, tripertite and pourriture. The word teetertotter (used in North American English) is longer at 12 letters, although it is usually spelled with a hyphen.

The longest words typable by alternating left and right hands are antiskepticism and leucocytozoans respectively.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fun with Words

Words with certain characteristics of notable length

Strengths is the longest word in the English language containing only one vowel.

Rhythms is the longest word in the English language containing none of the five recognised vowels.

Schmaltzed and strengthed appear to be the longest monosyllabic words; but if squirrelled is pronounced as one syllable only, it is the longest.

The longest words with no repeated letters are dermatoglyphics, misconjugatedly and uncopyrightables.

The longest word whose letters are in alphabetical order is the eight-letter Aegilops, a grass genus.

The longest words recorded with each vowel only once, and in order, are abstemiously, affectiously, and tragediously.

Facetiously is among the few other words with single occurrences of all five vowels and the semivowel y.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Interview on Seriously Write

I got interviewed.
Surely you want to know about
Right? Play along, people....

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Review of Cowboy Christmas

A nice review of
Cowboy Christmas
Kelly Klefer's blog today

Monday, October 05, 2009

I'm on
Trish Perry's blog
Stop in and say HI!
Trish Perry

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Fun recipe and picture

I have my mother-in-law's chocolate cake recipe on Petticoats and Pistols today.
And the cutest picture of my husband's family when they were little.

Friday, October 02, 2009


Booksigning at
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Oct. 3rd
from 2 - 4.
The Cornhuskers are off that week.
How brilliant is THAT to not compete with those guys???

11212 Chicago Cir
Omaha, NE 68154-2623