I took this photo on a long weekend sunrise run a few weeks ago. My German Shepherd, Clyde, galloped along ahead. I happened to turn to turn and saw sunbeams break over the horizon—inspired me for many miles, and days, after. Hope this will you, too.
Events to celebrate fill this week. I’m off to Sioux Falls, SD for the South Dakota Festival of Books, September 26-28, to bask in all things literary.
I speak on “Writing the Land” (Saturday, 9/27, 9:00 am) and “Meadowlark: In Word and Image” (Saturday, 9/27, 4:00 pm). Books signings for two days: Early Bird Mass Book Signing, 9/26/2014 3:00-4:00, and Mass Book Signing, 9/27/2014 1:00-1:45.
For any who live in the area, I would love to see you.
Drum roll please…
Dad turns 70 on September 25th. He and Mom will celebrate his 70th by riding with buffalo. No, I am not making this up. For the past number of years, Dad and Mom have ridden in the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and they will be running with the buffalo on Dad’s birthday this year.
It’s not everybody who runs with the buffalo for their 70th. I think this happens only when your dad’s a cowboy.
Happy Birthday, Dad!
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September 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm
You’ve got two awesome parents, Dawn! Happy Birthday to Dean!
September 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm
We’ll see you at the Festival of Books!
September 23, 2014 at 12:01 am
Dear, Stephany– I am thrilled to know that you’ll be there. Thank you and thank you. See you soon!
September 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm
Last time I rode anything with your Dad it was a Bicycle in Moville, Iowa. Based on the Custer State Park roundup guidelines his riding skills have advanced way more than mine, however I did make it to a Harley which has been to Sturgis about 6 times!!!
Have a great day and I wish your Mom and Dad the best on his 70th. I hit my 71st the end of next month……….
September 23, 2014 at 12:00 am
Hi, Dennis– A bicycle in Moville, IA! I love knowing this. Thanks for sharing this story and memory. You must’ve driven right by the ranch on that Harley. Sturgis- six times! Quite a feat. I will pass along your good wishes and bicycle memories. Happy 71st to you!
September 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm
Dawn, as I approach my own 70th birthday, I’m becoming more blase about that benchmark. Please give your dad a hug and kiss for me on the 25th! XOXOXOXOXO
September 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm
Dear Liz, I look forward to celebrating your 70th! Yes, a hug and kiss from you! XOXO
September 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm
Have a great time in Sioux Falls, Dawn!
Wish I could be there too!
Sioux Falls native and Mer Machen’s cousin in Boulder
September 22, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Dear, Judy– I’ll give your native Sioux Falls a special thought and wishes for you. Wish you could be there, too! Thanks so much for connecting.
September 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm
Wish I could be there to see all of you ! Wink, Joan and Cathy are all the same age !! Love you!
September 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Dear, Cathy– Wink, Joan, and Cathy are all the same age! Yay for the fabulous 70-year-olds! Love, love you!
September 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Wow, I would love to ride with buffalo on my 70th birthday. I would love to meet your parents, as they sound like wonderful people. Have a great time in South Dakota, Dawn, and see you soon.
September 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Dear Prairie55– My parents are truly wonderful people. Thanks so much for picking up on their spirit. I so look forward to my time in South Dakota and see you soon!
September 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm
Seventy doesn’t sound so old anymore; have a safe trip and wishing that rustic dad of yours a Happy Birthday! (great photos!)
September 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Hi, Dan– Not so old at all anymore. 🙂 Thanks so much and I’ll pass along your birthday wishes!