Lady Dunrovin

August 2017: Hiking Again

As I explained in my Running from Weddings article in last month’s magazine, Sterling and I routinely enjoy a weekend of rest and relaxation as we leave the hosting of weddings at Dunrovin to our son, Jake. These weekends recharge our batteries and provide us with much-needed, unscheduled, quiet time by ourselves. We have been…

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July 2017: Running from Weddings

  Operating a guest ranch is more than a full-time job in the summertime. It is a 24/7 job that engulfs our entire lives. It brings wonderful people to our doorstep, lots of different types of fun outdoor activities, and an endless amount of work that includes considerable stress in making sure that everyone, both…

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June 2017: Father’s Favorite Wildflower

    During the month of June, my mind is frequently on my father, William Lonzo Goodman. He was born on June 15, 1917, and, of course, we celebrate Father’s Day during June, occasionally on his birthdate. June is also the time when Montana mountains burst forth with wildflowers, much to my father’s delight. June…

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June 2017: My Children’s Father

  Looking at one’s spouse through the lens of parenting can shed light on an array of behaviors that are subject to completely different interpretations of strengths and weaknesses.  What may be infuriating as a spouse may be essential as a parent. And vice versa, what may be delightful to a spouse may be totally…

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June 2017: I Am My Father’s Daughter

    This is truly a terrible photo of my dad and me in Alaska. One taken long before smart cameras that could automatically adjust for back lighting. Yet it captures, for me, much of my father, and it is one of a very few photos of just me and him alone, although we spent many…

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May 2017: Lilacs Have Special Meaning

  My son Jake’s Mother’s Day card this year began with the statement; “Every time I see a lilac bush I am reminded of you and Grandmother.” Several days after my mother’s death, I wrote a poem for her memorial services that also began with a reference to lilacs: Goodbye, Dear Mother To Phyllis from…

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February 2017: Life’s Greatest Gifts – My Sons

I am unable to think of my sons without at some point returning to the lines of a letter I first encountered in the movie The Great Santini.  The letter was read by eighteen-year-old Ben Meechum (played by Michael O’Keefe). It had been written by his mother, (played by Blyth Danner) and tucked into his…

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February 2017: The Long and Winding Road

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  –Joseph Campbell “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” –Barnett Brickner Sterling and I are living caricatures of the sayings “opposites…

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February 2017: Love is an Active Verb

Merging Waters Give up your selfishness, and you shall find peace; Like water mingling with water, you shall merge in absorption. —Sri Guru Granth Sahib Were I not a member of this family, I am not sure I would believe in its existence. It defies all commonly held beliefs about families, especially about mixed families…

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February 2017: A Love of Home

Several years ago, I wrote a blog for the website www.MakeItMissoula.com about my bringing my parents back to Montana for the final stage of their lives. I decided to expand on that blog and include it in this issue of our Dunrovin Ranch Lifestyle Magazine dedicated to love. The love I feel for my home state…

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