As I watched the national news this morning, I realized once again how privileged I’ve been to be both vacation-time and full-time RVer in my lifetime. They announce the “Pick City of the Day” each morning on TV and tell what the weather is there. It is fun when you realize you visited there in your travels. You might remember a big bridge, a tower, a garden, or maybe some specific activity. I’ve had a fascination lately with streams, lakes, and oceans. That could have something to do with living in a very HOT desert.
The pick city this morning brought to mind a drive through a small town somewhere in the east. Its refurbished old houses, painted stark white with wrap-around porches, had flags flying or draped over the porch railing. Geraniums hung from the porch ceiling. Friends enjoying white rocking chairs waved to friends going by. They also waved to me. It was a river town wherever it was and the vision of it will always stick with me.
I like thinking about white cottages and red geraniums this morning. I received the sad news of the death of a dear friend, Nora, from Michigan, who was sort of a relative (a few times removed) but was definitely more like the sister I never had. She visited Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus Nat’l Pk with me last year. However, having said the news was sad, it is also the way all of us pray to leave this earth, quickly, without any fuss. I was given permission to write a column for sometime in 2013, discussing death and dying issues as it relates to RVers.
I just went on line to Amazon this morning and found five reviews of Winter in the Wilderness and I only knew one of the reviewers! That was encouraging. Then I went to Customer Reviews on romance books and read what they were saying about not wanting “throw-em-down” sex and bad language. I didn’t have the nerve or perhaps Amazon wouldn’t even allow me to send them to read mine. They might not like to read it either but I like to think it has more substance to it. Maybe by the time I complete my second novel, I’ll have it all figured out! God Bless and treasure your friends and relatives.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, and the fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada are available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”