Posted in Wrtiting

Lines of Wisdom — One

Placeholder Image

From Mark Twain:

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

Photo provided with this blog theme design

Posted in Humorous

Enter…The Lines of Humor — One

I love Nature!


(BONUS Trivia: How many National Parks exist in the state of Utah?
ANSWER: Five!)

Top Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Page excerpt from the 1987 book “That’s So Funny I Forgot to Laugh” by Allen Cohen; The Trumpet Club, New York, New York, and Dell Publishing Co., Inc., USA


Posted in USA National Parks

Colorado’s Ancestral Puebloan Culture

Ancient Pueblo cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, and Ute Mountain Tribal Park are all sites tourists may visit when they travel Southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park to explore Ancestral Puebloan culture.

Guides take expectant visitors deep into cliff dwelling sites at Eagle Nest House, Casa Blanca, and Casa Colorado in half-day, whole-day, or once-a-year tours.

Do you have a national parks experience, or thoughts on the parks?

Please share them in the comments section!

(BONUS TRIVIA: Mesa Verde National Park is home to close to 5,000 ancient vistas. TRUE or FALSE?
ANSWER: True!)

Photo courtesy of


Posted in USA National Parks

Three States Share Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park houses 67 species of mammals. From the hamster-like Pika to the Moose and Mountain Lion, Yellowstone has an impressive array of animals to enjoy.

Raise your own style of thanks for the acres of Yellowstone that cover the corners of the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.


Yellowstone ranks No. 1 among the 60 national parks in the United States for wildlife viewing!


Have you visited Yellowstone?

Please share your experiences, or thoughts, in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: What two desert parks does photographer QT Luong describe as both on his list of the quietest areas he’s visited?
ANSWER: Capitol Reed National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both located in Utah!)

Photos of Yellowstone National Park courtesy of

Posted in Gratitude, Thank You

Thank You — Gratitude – 20 — Vets

It’s no secret that American Veterans saved the world in playing the most major part to end World War II.


But our gratitude toward them seems to hide in the closet for most of the year; then it’s brought forth profusely on military holidays, and at other celebrations with our own families.

Let’s go more public for our Vets — Yes, capital “V” !

Did you thank a Vet yet this year on any day other than today — Memorial Day, 2018?


Thank you, Veterans of America, for carrying our flag into battle and securing my life as it exists today! I was six months old when my own father (1924-2011) returned from a world of war to a life of peace.

What would you like to write about concerning veterans, or a Vet in your family?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: How long did it take Gutzon Borglum and, eventually, his son to sculpt the four Presidential facial figures that became the famous work at Mount Rushmore?
ANSWER: 16 years!)

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

See Also:

Posted in Being Grateful

Thank You — Gratitude – 19 — July 4th American Style

Black and White Flags!

I’m grateful for July 4th in America! We are a free, United States of America!

I’m a Buckeye (Ohioan) born and raised, but I’m an American, first!

I’m growing older, but I’m still the child who was loved by her parents and taught to respect others and do right, rather than wrong, because the difference impacts all those around me — first!

I’m a farmer’s daughter, a believer in conservation, because this Earth is all we have in the universe — first!

What can you share, or write about, on the subject of July 4th in America?

Please use the comments section to share your thoughts!

(BONUS Trivia: Manish Mamtani, who grew up in central India, was inspired to photograph American national parks at night when he came to the United States to live and found that most Americans can’t get a view of the Milky Way. TRUE, or FALSE?
ANSWER: True!)

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

See Also:

Posted in Being Grateful, Thank You

Thank You — Gratitude-18 — Passionate Letter Writers


Letters to the Editor may seem of no real importance at first mention, but when one stops to consider these efforts are born of the right of free speech, reevaluation may be in order.

Passionate men of letters, for whom I am forever thankful, helped form our United States of America.

+ The Articles of Confederation
+ The Declaration of Independence
+ The American Constitution
+ The Bill of Rights

Without the continuation of knowledge on, and support for, these documents of freedom, American freedom cannot stand.

These are also passionate reminders that freedom is not free. Freedom is a continuous work in progress, which we must be willing to protect. It must be nurtured throughout every generation of Americans to ensure its success.

Is your writing passionate? Can you get to the core of freedom through your pen?

Please share your thoughts on this post’s opinions with your own in the comments section!

(BONUS Trivia: Who said the National Park System “is one of the first great American inventions”?
ANSWER: QT Luong, who has photographed all 60 national parks over 25 years!)

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

See Also: