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Although I don't hail from Alaska, I have spent the last 12 plus years in this wonderous place that I now call home, having spent 23 years before that living in and around Denver Colorado. I have a grown daughter with children of her own and I currently live a single lifestyle. My passions include but are not limited to, writing of course, quilting, photography, cooking, gardening, horses and horseback riding, snorkeling, travel, hiking, a beginner belly dancer, and sailing. I started writing on a dare 5 years ago and haven't been able to put my pen down since. I am thrilled to have found this fabulous community of writers here on Hubpages and plan to stick around, hone my skills and enjoy the wild ride. Welcome all to my Hubpages! Comments, questions, and feedback are highly encouraged and welcome.

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  • Fishnet Dreams
    13

    Fishnet Dreams

    20 months ago

    A saucy poem about a gal in fishnet stockings.

  • The Weekend That Wasn't
    6

    The Weekend That Wasn't

    2 years ago

    time line shifts are discussed and questions posed based on a experience by the author.

  • I'm 29 Again
    2

    I'm 29 Again

    5 years ago

    I don’t know about you, but I’m 29 again. Some folks might ask me “is that older than a hen”? I’ll just smile and wink my eye; it’s really none of your biz, Let’s just make a game of this and call it...

  • Stop Asking Why - An Aurora Colorado Tragedy
    0

    Stop Asking Why - An Aurora Colorado Tragedy

    20 months ago

    STOP ASKING WHY… A door slams shut, His mind is in a rut. People ask why, then the mournful sound of cries. Brothers and sisters, family members and all, Lived their last night when he came to call. He...

  • Easy Homemade Microwave Jam
    8

    Easy Homemade Microwave Jam

    5 years ago

    Today I am going to explain how easy and quick it is to whip up a batch of homemade fruit jam. I know, I know, you are thinking it will take hours and hours, and make a huge mess in the kitchen resulting in gallons and...

  • How to Make a Belly Dance Belt  - A Re-fashioning Resource
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    How to Make a Belly Dance Belt - A Re-fashioning Resource

    5 years ago

    I am a belly dancer even if I feel like I have two left feet sometimes. I have always swooned at the sound and sight of bejeweled and costumed exotic women shimmying and dancing to the drum beat of mid eastern music. I...

  • Madame Lyra
    7

    Madame Lyra

    5 years ago

    *** A possible new book. Need feedback please. ( i know there is a problem with the Goldrush/time line) With a flutter of her ostrich fan Lyra tossed the visiting Deputy Beau Callaster a sly look and then a wink...

  • Lettuce by the Barrel
    14

    Lettuce by the Barrel

    2 years ago

    This is a continuation of my experiences of gardening in SE Alaska. This time the topic of growing lettuce in barrels. I purchased a few of those faux whiskey barrels a few years ago at my local Fred Meyer store. I...

  • Now I Know Bliss
    16

    Now I Know Bliss

    2 years ago

    Bliss……………… You’re a part of me now……. in everything I do. I breath in, I breath out and there you are, occupying my thoughts Warm wind blows and it’s your breath on my skin. Your voice...

  • Growing Flowers in Southeast Alaska
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    Growing Flowers in Southeast Alaska

    5 years ago

    Southeast Alaska in located on the panhandle of Alaska and is the most southern portion of the state. Growing flowers whether they are annuals or perennials can be challenging in a temporal rain forest which is where I...

  • Stuffed Chicken Enchilada Ring
    12

    Stuffed Chicken Enchilada Ring

    2 years ago

    Beautifully baked and ready to serve! mycomputer 4 oz can mild green chiles 1/3 c sliced black olives 2/3 c shredded colby/jack cheese 1/3 c diced cherry tomatoes 1/2 c mayo 2 cups diced cooked chicken ...

  • The Lion and the Lamb
    14

    The Lion and the Lamb

    2 years ago

    The Gift The stage curtain opens and on the floor did walk, my gallant leading man of sorts, at least for once this night. His role you see is director and conductor And I his obedient puppet lady….. I crave...

  • We've Met, Once Upon A Time
    10

    We've Met, Once Upon A Time

    2 years ago

    We’ve Met Once Upon a Time… I know I have met you before, in another life perhaps? Images come so quickly, then memories overlap….. Tell me your name again my dear, don’t let me guess this time, Was...

  • Eight Point Nine on the Ring of Fire
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    Eight Point Nine on the Ring of Fire

    6 years ago

    An earthquake shook the Ring of Fire last week………………… Magnitude 8.9 and that was the peak. My house is too cold and drafty at times, they only have blankets but you don’t hear them whine, Leaving...

  • Stuck in God's Country
    11

    Stuck in God's Country

    2 years ago

    What do I do when I can’t have you? Waiting and wondering wishing it wasn’t true. I felt us click over all those long miles, Before the evening was over I had ten thousand smiles. The distance is...

  • You Can't Have Your Piece of The Pie ~ One reason why health insurance is so expensive
    11

    You Can't Have Your Piece of The Pie ~ One reason why health insurance is so expensive

    5 years ago

    Last Tuesday I stepped out my door, walked down my driveway and slipped and fell on a patch of ice on my way to the mailbox. Now I wasn’t laying on the sidewalk thinking “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”...

  • Almost Home
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    Almost Home

    2 years ago

    bleeding hearts from my yard Almost Home…… I haven’t seen you since you were but a teen, All full of yourself, you thought you had the world by the tail. Smart and sassy you withheld your true...

  • Don't Call Me  "Kiddo"
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    Don't Call Me "Kiddo"

    5 years ago

    Don’t Call Me “Kiddo” I’ve noticed a verbal faux pas of late, I’m reasonably sure it’s something I hate. Of all the pet names that could possibly be uttered, this is the one that you shouldn’t...

  • A Love Affair With Carousel Horses
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    A Love Affair With Carousel Horses

    2 years ago

    this was the carousel I rode as a child. My love affair with carousel horses started when I was very young. The moment I laid eyes on those wonderful hand carved beauties, their brilliantly painted and adorned...

  • The Siren Song
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    The Siren Song

    2 years ago

    kristiemanning.wordpress.com The Siren Song Out of nowhere you come back to me. A whisper on the wind, Calling to me like a siren song. I can’t seem to resist. I tell myself, no, it’s no good...

  • "I Didn't Find Sobriety To Be An Improvement"
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    "I Didn't Find Sobriety To Be An Improvement"

    5 years ago

    First things first, let me clarify. This hub is about how the non-sobriety of other peoples lives have affected mine. Both the second and the third time I married it was to men who had a relationship or love affair...

  • Brother Lost -  My Dealings with Asperger Syndrome and family dysfunction
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    Brother Lost - My Dealings with Asperger Syndrome and family dysfunction

    2 years ago

    rgbstock.com Please note the following story is my personal assessment of my brother's condition based on extensive research, talking to other family members and consulting with several doctors and counselors schooled...

  • Over The Moon - You Lost Your Turn
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    Over The Moon - You Lost Your Turn

    6 years ago

    Another day ticks by……..and you’re out of my life, No more waiting and wondering, I’m minus the strife. I hit the delete button and erased you today, My hands at the keyboard, I have more to say. ...

  • Falling  Through....... An Icy Nighmare
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    Falling Through....... An Icy Nighmare

    2 years ago

    I was encouraged by one of my followers Micky Dee to post this hub about "falling through the ice"  It is an excerpt from the first book i wrote and i would LOVE  some feedback on it.  Thank You.  Sleep usually...

  • Puzzle Pieces
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    Puzzle Pieces

    6 years ago

    Take my heart, I don’t want it anymore…….. Its ragged and broken and downright tore. Why do men tread on it like it’s made out of steel? Only to wonder why it takes time to heal. Ripped out of my...

  • Buckwheat ~ Nature's Perfect Alternative to Rice or Potatoes  ~ it's Gluten Free
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    Buckwheat ~ Nature's Perfect Alternative to Rice or Potatoes ~ it's Gluten Free

    2 years ago

    I've got good news for all you healthy foodies out there! There is a wonderful alternative to potatoes, rice, couscous, and even quinoas. It's called buckwheat or kasha and its uses are almost endless. Healthy you ask?...

  • A Chance for Memories
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    A Chance for Memories

    2 years ago

    Sunset at Gastineau Channel Juneau, AK copyright 2010 by Leah Van Horn Don’t deprive us of the memories; I want to take a chance. The years fly by relentlessly, don’t you want to dance? I want to see...

  • Skating on Thin Ice
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    Skating on Thin Ice

    2 years ago

    We dance on thin ice, your walls slips away and just for a moment there is no issues, no worries, no what ifs. I live in the moment because that is all you will allow. I wait for those times, when I catch you off...

  • Perfect Prime Rib Roast - A Culinary Adventure Story
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    Perfect Prime Rib Roast - A Culinary Adventure Story

    2 years ago

    My boy friend asked me what I wanted to do for a special holiday dinner which was just around the corner and I though Hmmmmm. Sick of turkey, all the fish and crab are frozen, had enough pork lately to start oinking...

  • No Reflection
    12

    No Reflection

    7 years ago

    A funny explanation for no reflection in the mirror

  • Evil Twin
    4

    Evil Twin

    7 years ago

    I met someone at the theater today, "I'm sure I know you" she was inclined to say, Somewhere, somehow, my damn little twin, i hear she's in town, pretending she's kin. i told the lady twasn't me she saw, ...

  • The Beauty of the Pond
    3

    The Beauty of the Pond

    2 years ago

    photographed by Leah Van Horn The mist swirls, or is it the fog? Only the wind knows. Bended light of autumn sun seeking out fluttering leaves as the clouds lift. To catch the breeze and drift an...

  • Till Next Time
    4

    Till Next Time

    6 years ago

    Till Next Time Your touch slips around my face, like a glove. Following the contour and the hollows of my cheek. Then pressed against the back of my neck, You play with my hair, knead my skin. Stroking my...

  • Tears in the Rain
    8

    Tears in the Rain

    20 months ago

    My heart is heavy, oh it hurts so much, The sting of your words, The thoughtless tossing of my pride, To let my ego lay there on the ground. In the cold, cold rain…. You turn your back, like you never cared...

  • Handmade Purses with silk ribbon embroidery and beading
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    Handmade Purses with silk ribbon embroidery and beading

    2 years ago

    This is a sister hub to the instructional Hub I posted for how to make these types of purses. I made all of these purses by hand and they are my own design. Please enjoy the slide show and visit these other two related...

  • How to Make Purses from Mens Neckties Part 2
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    How to Make Purses from Mens Neckties Part 2

    2 years ago

    Drafting the purse pattern and how to sew it onto the frame.

  • Cat'in Around
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    Cat'in Around

    5 years ago

    Cat'in Around Hey lil kitty…… Care to come out and play? There’s a Blue moon out, Shadows abound, a perfect night for playing cat and mouse. Fence hopping and claws to sharpen, Toms will strut, and...

  • Ode to Knock knock jokes
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    Ode to Knock knock jokes

    7 years ago

    The first time I heard this stupid joke for some reason I laughed my head off. Knock, knock jokes have been around since the dawn of time. Other Hubbers have mused the history of them, their appeal, and sited many...

  • Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
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    Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

    2 years ago

    Pure Heavenly Satisfation in every bite!

  • Old Fashioned Colorado Green Chili  Recipe (Verde)
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    Old Fashioned Colorado Green Chili Recipe (Verde)

    2 years ago

    I am a member of the local food bank here in town and every week you never know what is going to be the offering on any given Saturday. Lucky for us produce from Washington is in abundance this month and there was no...

  • How to Make Purses from Mens Neckties  Part 1
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    How to Make Purses from Mens Neckties Part 1

    2 years ago

    Closeup of Nautical frame Closeup of embellishment and stitching Box Frame purse This is the back of the purse Imagine my delight when I happened upon a pile of old silk neck ties stashed in a card board box at a...

  • Whiskey Lies
    19

    Whiskey Lies

    20 months ago

    A guy, a gal and whiskey

  • The Sailboat Song
    8

    The Sailboat Song

    2 years ago

    The Sailboat Song Every time the tide comes in, it rocks us gently, oh so gently, The sailboat lulls us to and fro. We point the bow home, the wind at our backs, All we need now is for the breeze not...

  • Hush me Now
    19

    Hush me Now

    7 years ago

    A Lovers Poem

  • Yogi In My Yard
    3

    Yogi In My Yard

    7 years ago

    A bear encounter in my yard

  • My Slumbering Dove
    6

    My Slumbering Dove

    7 years ago

    My Slumbering Dove Wake not my precious dove, Let no morning’s light open your eyes from above. Slumber deep as dreams take on a rosy hue, Where laughter and tears of children imagined...

  • Marbled Easter Eggs
    0

    Marbled Easter Eggs

    2 years ago

    Step by step instructions for making marbled Easter eggs

  • Heartstrings
    1

    Heartstrings

    2 years ago

    A poem about my heartstrings

  • Monkey Mayhem
    0

    Monkey Mayhem

    2 years ago

    a funny little story about monkey business with a twist at the end.

  • Hunting Like An Owl
    12

    Hunting Like An Owl

    2 years ago

    folklore says owls are just flying cats. I love owls, I think they are quite fasinating. So here is my ode to owls or flying cats......... Hurry scurry little mouse...

  • Sequel to Ice Caves
    4

    Sequel to Ice Caves

    2 years ago

    Wayne Brown suggested i write a sequel to the poem i wrote relating to his poem Ice Caves of my Heart. So here it is.

  • Ten Feet from An Eagle
    0

    Ten Feet from An Eagle

    2 years ago

    On a beautiful sunny Alaskan afternoon I made my way to the south side of our building, the view is stellar, looking straight down the Gastineu Channel flanked by mountains on the Juneau and the Douglas Island side. ...

  • A thousand Kisses or Two
    9

    A thousand Kisses or Two

    2 years ago

                                      If If I could kiss you a thousand times a day I would. In a thousand different ways, it’s not a matter of if I should. ...

  • Relating to Ice Caves of the Heart
    0

    Relating to Ice Caves of the Heart

    2 years ago

    I wrote this in response to a poem that Wayne Brown wrote on his Hub, please see his orginal poem called Ice Caves of the Heart. I tip my hat to you Wayne. http://hubpages.com/_2bxra1epfx4z4/hub/ICE-CAVES-OF-MY-HEART...

  • The Call to the Mare
    7

    The Call to the Mare

    2 years ago

    A short horse piece.

  • The Horse Dream ( the long version)
    6

    The Horse Dream ( the long version)

    6 years ago

    This is the long version of the horse poem I posted yesterday. I love this dream, it's so perfect.

  • Riding As One
    7

    Riding As One

    2 years ago

    a reoccuring horse dream that i have had since childhood.

  • thoughts a drift
    8

    thoughts a drift

    2 years ago

    I write both long and short format..... whatever happens to come to my mind at the moment. Please enjoy these pieces and comment if you like.

  • Quilting and All That Jazz
    11

    Quilting and All That Jazz

    2 years ago

    Quilting, silk ribbon embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery on quilting, ( i will be moving the purses to their own hub)

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