February 13, 2014
By Laura Drake
At my age, you have to start being realistic about your bucket list. After all, I may not be at the bottom of the bucket yet, but I have to admit, I can see it from where I am.
For example – some of the items on my list are Just flat beyond me, physically.
Here are a couple of examples:
- Be the ‘monkey’ in a motorcycle sidecar race – the monkey is the one who hangs out over the dirt, keeping the rig from flipping with his/her weight
- Ride a bucking bull. I have plans to get on a bucking machine, but the bull? Nope. Too old
- Take a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. This one hurts – I so wanted to
- Ride the motorcycle to, and to and around Alaska. This may still be a possibility, but every day that goes by makes the probability more remote
Then there’s the bookshelf.
I was having a thoughtful email exchange with a friend the other day, and we got into books we wanted to read, but realize we probably won’t have time. Heck, looking at my TBR pile, in paper and on my Kindle, I may not even get through the ones I have now!
But if the Hindus are right, and we do get multiple lifetimes, these are going on my list:
- The complete works of Shakespeare – I’ve read a bunch, but there are SO many more!
- The complete works of Elmore Leonard
- The Russians; you know, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Pasternak-I’ve read some, but not all
- Mein Kompf, The Interpretation of Dreams (Freud), The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
As you can see from the list – they’re um…heavy.
It’s not that I don’t want to read them – I really do. I just keep getting distracted by bright shiny things.
How about you? What’s on your Multiple-life Bucket List?
4 ½ Stars Hot!
Drake writes excellent c contemporary westerns that show the real American West – not a dude-ranch fantasy. Her characters illustrate the problems, changes and bedrock strengths of ranchers and their communities. This one’s not to be missed.
Summary: Left with only nightmares and an ugly physical scar, Aubrey Madison is on the road looking for a new life with more freedom. On a whim she answers an ad for a groom on a Colorado ranch. The job gives her plenty of hard work and a quiet place to heal – and it also introduces her to hot, old-school rancher Max Jameson. Max has been raising cattle and breaking horses for all his life, just like his father did before him. Now he’s faced with the fact that those skills are not enough to keep the land in the family. Bree has an idea to save the ranch, but can she risk getting attached to the land and the cowboy who comes with it?
Can Max trust a stranger with his future?