Saturday, June 22, 2013

Another summer begins with sand and sea....

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Dear Folks,

I have been back on Ocracoke for a week and this is my first blog! How did I get so far behind?

Let me see..four girls from Indiana were here so we had a few Girls Only Nights!
I have already had two ghost walks, written and performed with Philip a new radio show for the Opry on Wednesday evening. I have also spent time reuniting with friends and getting used to having sand in my shoes!

Happy Solstice and Full Moon to all. Don't forget tonight is the Strawberry Moon which is the first full moon after the Solstice. It is also the Super Moon which means it is the moon closest to the Earth.

My family from all around the country will be joining us today so the full moon will get lots of attention from this Ocracoke crowd.

The above link is my column traveling to Ocracoke!

This photo was taken by a friend of mine. Three of us went to the beach to welcome in the Solstice yesterday morning.


Lou Ann

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stories are to be told with unearthed treasures....

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Dear Folks,

The above link is for this week's column about find treasures. I hope you enjoy it! I am on a search for the owner of a bracelet so let me know if you have any information or similar stories!

In one of my treasure boxes from my mom I received this photo among many other items! It was my sixth birthday. I am sitting next to my great-grandmother Berry. Enjoy the story.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lou Ann Homan is Out and About at the Gene Stratton Porter Historic Site.

In order to know Gene Stratton Porter, I am going to quote from William Lyon Phelps. He wrote an article in 1913 for "Educator and Critic." Enjoy.

"Gene Stratton Porter lives in a swamp, arrays herself in man's clothes, and sallies forth in all weather to study the secrets of nature. I believe she knows every sound in the forest, and can tell you what caused it.

"She is primarily a naturalist, one of the foremost in America and has published a number of books on the flora and fauna illustrated with photos of her own taking.

"Thus she hit upon the plan of writing sentimental novels, in which her observation of nature is brought to the attention of America.

"She is as full of energy as Theodore Roosevelt, and as hearty an American. She is eaten up with ambition, and with the joy of life: few have more fun in their daily existence than she. I have no doubt that if the public  could see some of her letters which she receives by the cartloads they would share her belief that she has not lived in vain."

I have always loved her work, and because of it, I travel as a storyteller sharing her tales as a first person Gene Stratton Porter. This show is available at Arts for Learning in Indiana. It is especially beneficial to fourth grade students.

As always, thanks for reading. Maybe you know a little more than you did before!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My June Garden

June is the month for gardening, at least it is so in the Midwest. All the work of April and May finally pays off and the garden blooms. 

At my House at White Picket Gardens I have tried to build an English cottage garden in my back yard. I have also registered my yard with the National Wildlife Federation.

My back yard is full of flowers, herbs and lots of vegetables. All are tucked away in lovely little places. Sometimes it is a bit like a puzzle or a maze, if you will. 

With a rain barrel, compost heap, clothesline, small gardens and a fire ring, I have a small farm inside of town.

Here are a few photos from my early morning stroll through the gardens. With more rain predicted today, I will  plant the last of the lavender and a beautiful new coreopsis.

As always, thanks for reading and listening.

Tomorrow is a new Out and About, stay tuned!

Lou Ann

Golden Yarrow

Old-fashioned roses over birdhouse

Early June peas on the vine

Saturday, June 08, 2013

The mountains call us for a wedding...

Monarch Mountain in Colorado

I spent last week end in Colorado. It was a great family trip with scenic beauty to take your breath away.

Here is this week's column about the trip, and as always, thank you for reading.

I took hundreds of photos, but I think this is one of my favorites. 

Lou Ann

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