Autumn has arrived…
- Monday, 05 September 2016 09:48
Autumn in northern Wyoming is so peaceful. It’s a beautiful cool morning here, 46 degrees. Our chestnuts and aspens started to turn color a few days ago and are now shading red and gold. The buffalo love this time of year, as well. The biting flies begin to disappear, and the calves are big enough–300-400 pounds now–that they can pretty much take care of themselves against the mountain lions, wolves, and occasional bear that comes through. We love this time of year.
Thanks to everyone who wrote to say how much they like the new PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL cover and style. We agree. We’re really delighted with the new look. And it was so much fun to write about early Vikings in North America.
SUN BORN, The second book in the PEOPLE OF THE MORNING STAR series, is due to be released in about a month. We really hope you enjoy it. Cahokia at it’s peak was truly an amazing city.
We wish you all a happy and serene Autumn.
Mike and Kathy
LANGE IS GONE…
- Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:18
It’s always a sad day at Red Canyon Ranch when we lose an old, old friend. Our 26 year-old bison cow, Lange, died. Her best friend, Clover, and her daughter, Susie Q, did not leave her side through the entire quiet natural death. The mourning ritual for bison is fascinating and heartbreaking. The entire herd gathered around her and took turns licking her body. The herd did not leave her for ten hours, then finally they slowly moved away.
Other bison ranch’s slaughter older cows when they no long calve. We do not. Older animals play a vital role in the psychological health of the herd, and they pass on their knowledge to the younger animals in some amazing ways. We’ve watched old cows lead sick young animals to the medicinal plants that will ease their pain. Really. Perhaps more importantly, older animals pass on bison culture, in much the same way the humans and elephants do, by teaching.
Lange was a special and gentle old soul. We will miss her very much.
Lange at Red Canyon Ranch
Mike and Kathy
Books on sale for the holidays!
- Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:51
We hope you are having a joyous holiday season. It’s been unseasonably warm in northern Wyoming. For us, that means it’s a whopping 48 degrees this afternoon. The buffalo love this weather. There’s almost no snow cover, so it’s easy for them to get to the tall grasses on the mountain slopes.
Just FYI, our great publisher has placed several of our books on sale for $4.99 for the holidays. We’re delighted by this. If you don’t have these titles and wish to get them, now is the time!
People of the Fire
People of the Morning Star
People of the Weeping Eye
People of the Longhouse
Best Wishes for a wonderful December filled with the warmth of family and friends.
Michael and Kathleen
First book signing for PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL!
- Saturday, 23 May 2015 08:37
For those in range, we will doing the first book signing for PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL at Hastings Books in Laramie, Wyoming, next Saturday, May 30th. It should be a fun time! The Hastings folks always do a great job.
Yes, it’s spring. We have to chain up the trucks to get out.
- Sunday, 19 April 2015 09:39
We love April rain and snow, but it’s turned our road into one long mud wallow. We have to chain up all fours on the trucks to get in and out these days. And, truly, we hope it continues. More rain, please, Katchinas!