To a Far Country

After a few days with family next week, I’ll pretty much disappear for the next month or so, devoting my days almost exclusively to my next book.

Most of the time I’m away, I’ll shower enough to stay civilized. 

Air-dry my hair.

Forego makeup. 

Wear my PNW writing uniform: leggings, tee, fleece.

Hike outdoors and return with ideas I’ll scribble onto yellow note pads. 

With distractions at bay, I’m praying to complete 35,000 more words on my novel-in-process by May 1, which will place me exactly on target for my January 2 Tyndale deadline. 

I’ll return on May 6 with my next Saturday Letter, one of my weekly notes to you where I talk about writing and books, family and faith, nature and life. If you’d like to subscribe, please drop me a note HERE. I’ll enter you in the new book giveaway I’ll be announcing that day, too. And I’ll always answer your emails.

Godspeed, friends. See you in May.


A few pics for you, both old and new:

Prairie Privy.

(Montana outhouse, circa 1950s)

“Life is not measured by how much you own.”

—Luke 12:15 NLT


Feather in her cap.


When love arrives in every color.


Looking Glass.

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”

—Proverbs 27:19



“The flames of love are flames of fire.”

—Song of Songs 8:6


Mamas and babes.

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”

—Isaiah 66:13


Thanks for stopping by, friends. So glad you’re here.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks.

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

4 thoughts on “To a Far Country

  1. Your outhouse doesn’t have its crescent moon door like ours. The mountains & hills & trees are so different from where you can see more miles than you knew there are miles. We did have trees beside our catfish creek, though.

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  2. Cheryl,
    Have you ever thought of doing a book with your pics and the accompanying scripture? I like to make them for myself and others on Shutterfly. They make beautiful gifts. Would you ever consider sharing some of your pics? I love what you do!

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    1. I’ve considered it…I finally just ordered a FB Pastbook so I could at least have some assembled in print. I think it’ll happen when I pair them with some of my poems—a few years from now. But if you ever see a pic you’d like, I’ll be happy to send it to you!


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