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South Dakota Festival of Books and a 70th Birthday


Sunrise run.

Sunrise run.

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.

SD Festival of Books

SD Festival of Books

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, branding 2014

Dad, branding 2014

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! 

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup.

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup.


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Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination.

15 thoughts on “South Dakota Festival of Books and a 70th Birthday

  1. You’ve got two awesome parents, Dawn! Happy Birthday to Dean!

  2. Dawn,

    We’ll see you at the Festival of Books!

    Stephany Hughes

  3. 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……….
    Denny Hobbs

    • 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!

  4. 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

  5. Have a great time in Sioux Falls, Dawn!
    Wish I could be there too!

    Judy Litsey
    Sioux Falls native and Mer Machen’s cousin in Boulder

  6. Wish I could be there to see all of you ! Wink, Joan and Cathy are all the same age !! Love you!

  7. 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.

  8. Seventy doesn’t sound so old anymore; have a safe trip and wishing that rustic dad of yours a Happy Birthday! (great photos!)

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