Welcome to “Behind the Scenes.” Today, we are visiting with Richard, the creative energy behind the writing journey of Big Sky Buckeye.
Welcome back Richard. It is a pleasure visit with you again.
You have been writing and blogging for about 19 months. Why did you start writing and sharing here on WordPress?
Following my retirement from teaching, I was looking for an outlet for my energy and time in the fall of 2018. With some encouragement from others, I took the plunge with a goal of writing poetry. My first poem was “Early Morning Moments.”
Watching the flame dance in early dawn
Feeling the warmth of a new born fawn
Warmed by an early morning, blazing fire
Viewing a hungry deer jumping over a wire
Enjoying a comforting warmth from the fireplace
Seeing a startled pair running to a new place
Dreaming of a day to stay inside by the flames
Looking out of a window to see deer playing games
You are quite creative with your writing. In the past, have you pursued any musical interests?
My first taste of formal music was with instrumental music, beginning in the fifth grade as I played clarinet. I continued to play through the ninth grade until more and more of my time went into athletics in high school. I haven’t really played since the late 1970s, and the clarinet has been passed down to two of my daughters.
Several years ago when I was teaching in Montana, I sang in the church choir. This was a wonderful experience in sharing with the congregation our appreciation of singing some favorite hymns.
Before we wrap-up, please tell us of some your interests outside of writing.
I enjoy traveling, and my wife and I have enjoyed two highway trips during the past couple of summers when we meandered and found our way back to Montana to see family. Without a need to return home on a tight schedule, we enjoyed taking the scenic route through different states, towns, and attractions.
As some readers have found, I enjoy sharing my love of nature photography in my blog’s Photo Gallery. While I don’t profess to be an excellent photographer, I have found the time well spent in taking photos while traveling or even walking through a nature park near my home.
We have appreciated spending time with Richard from Big Sky Buckeye. Look for more “Behind the Scenes” in future postings.