*A very rough-draft of a poem* Mountains: The mountains felt like walls when I arrived in Utah ten years ago. Closing me into the small valley the stony faces confined me to a foreign land. The gray fortresses, so different from the green fields I knew, were my isolated tower. Here, hidden in the valley … Continue reading Mountains

Leaving the Path

Writing Challenge: July 8, 2018 Prompt: Write about the moment you decided to leave the path It was early summer. The weather was warm, but not quite “hot” yet. The sky looked as if it couldn’t decide whether to rain or shine. I went up to one of the many canyons splitting the state, eager … Continue reading Leaving the Path

Animals and Emotions

Writing Challenge: Jan 7, 2018 Prompt: Answer the question- do animals have emotions Stories about Koko the gorilla fascinate me. She was an intelligent, caring, and  loved both her caretakers and kittens. Through sign language she communicated her thoughts and feelings in ways that we, as humans, never thought possible in other creatures before. Koko … Continue reading Animals and Emotions

Climb Mountains

writing challenge: Dec 18, 2017 Prompt: Find a motivational poster online and write something inspired by it. poster: Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world. In the Valley everyone seems to be enchanted by Mt. Timpanogos. It is a lumbering form with several well-known trails and … Continue reading Climb Mountains

Rock Canyon at Sunset

*Photo taken by me: October 8, 2017* The Rocky Mountains are young, rough and wild. The way the stone jut out of the ground, violently and forcefully, takes the breath away. At sunset in Utah Valley, the last rays of the westward sun lights up the rocky surface, painting the uneven facades bright gold. This, … Continue reading Rock Canyon at Sunset

Dusty Dirt Road

Writing Challenge: Sept 9, 2017 Prompt: Use alliteration in a poem or story. Down the old, dusty, dirt road; The gravel grinds on the ground beneath my feet. I step, I skip, I stomp, raising up the dust As I race down the road; rocks rolling under my feet. The train-tracks travel along with the … Continue reading Dusty Dirt Road

Lilac and Orange

I had never seen a sunset like it before; Lilac- the sky Orange- the clouds. Soft purple rimmed with blush pink- So soft and romantic, like the flowers of a bride’s bouquet. Glowing orange and lined with fiery gold Like a fire set among a meadow of flowers Burning but never harming the delicate petals. … Continue reading Lilac and Orange

Bridal Veil Falls

writing Challenge: Aug 5, 2017 Prompt: Think of a waterfall you've seen in real life or online. It’s called “Bridal Veil Falls”, I don’t know the reason why, perhaps it’s because the white water looks like a veil as it tumbles over the cliff. Wide at the top and tapering down into a shallow pool … Continue reading Bridal Veil Falls

Walking Path

Writing Challenge: July 15, 2017 Prompt: Write about your favorite place in your neighborhood you like to visit. There is a walk I like to take- steep, winding, and rustic. I walk down, hugging close to the guard rails recently put into place. One the side of this drop off, among the dusty rocks, grows … Continue reading Walking Path


Writing Challenge: June 26, 2017 Prompt: Write about a flower that grows in an unusual place. Why do the sunflowers grow along the roadsides? They grow there as if they were planted, and yet I know them to be wild. I’ve always loved them. Their deep yellow petals and nearly black centers always made me … Continue reading Sunflower