As a writing challenge — and to update all those people I haven’t kept up with since we moved to Teton Valley, Idaho — I decided to write a capsulized version of what all’s happened in that time. Although I’m sending out some paper copies, I decided it fits here, too — after all, I am still figuring out what include on this blog (all part of “sorting it out….”). The real surprise is that the length is spot in (not counting ampersands)!
We’re happy & healthy (mostly), deeply involved in our community, state & region, & still love to travel — this year to Guatemala, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy & Tunisia. Peter’s mom, three brothers & most of their families all live within 75 miles. My sister Judy is retired & living in Cheyenne (where my mom’s in a care home); sister Joan lives on the Columbia River. My husband Peter – ever smart & amazing – served two state humanities councils & works for the City of Philadelphia. Dark Horse Books was a two-year experiment that lasted 14 years; I ran it for more than a decade. Now heading into freelance writing & editing, I’m also in my third term on the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Looking forward to reconnecting with far-flung family & friends from Up With People. Over the years we’ve remodeled our cabin (adding on four times) & can watch the sunrise over the Tetons from bed….. Life is good!
Some links you might find of interest:
- This blog (https://jewelryandjunk.wordpress.com) is named for the mixed-media artwork I do (more photos of pieces, travels and home are on my FaceBook page, search with my maiden name of Uphoff to make it easier).
- Bookstore’s blog: http://darkhorsebooks.wordpress.com; you’ll get a feel for the store and all that we did there (we only sold in December).
- About the transfer: http://www.valleycitizen.com/stories_news_detail.php?pkStories=97
- Powder Mountain Press (I’m the new editor of Teton Home & Living magazine for them and we’ve both written articles for them for years): http://www.lifeinthetetons.com
- Peter was a board member for eight years for http://www.idahohumanities.org/ (and I have a recipe in their cookbook Dishrag Soup and Poverty Cake), and he served as a scholar for many years (leading book discussion groups in half a dozen towns) for http://www.uwyo.edu/HUMANITIES; to find out more about the thriving art scene in Idaho, go to http://www.arts.idaho.gov
A little national exposure (there’s much more, but this gives you an idea of where we live):
And a couple favorite photos, just for fun, of our house, and from our most recent trip — HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!