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January – February 2018

meal time

Meal time (Sandwash Basin, CO) © Laurie Ford

Hot off the presses! The first issue of Rocky Mountain Outdoors for 2018. You’ll find updates on the conference and contest, some wonderful and informative articles, plus info on a new gunsmithing series by a fellow member.

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The Greatest Gift

By Virginia Parker Staat

“I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor
walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.”

~Donna Tartt

It was a gem of a find. It had rained for six days straight, and we were looking for a diversion. Continue reading

Fields, William

the face of the desert

Shannon, the face of the desert… © William Fields

Bill Fields is a freelance photographer from Hermann, Missouri. In addition to photo workshops and field trips, he has published one book, Herman Missouri — One of the Prettiest Towns in America and has another ready for publication The Four Directioins, A Southwestern  Journey. Bill uses sepia and black and white to highlight the stark beauty of the southwestern landscape and its people. To see Bill’s work, visit his website, (or click the photo).

November – December 2017

Long-eared Myotis Bat (Myotis velifer) © Frank Zurey

The final issue for 2017 is here. With great articles, news about a member’s upcoming book (see page 3), what our scholarship winner has been up to (page 8), an opportunity to photograph bats in southeastern Arizona (page 10), plus another “Jack’s thumbnails” of RMOWP conferences (pages 6-7), the writer’s corner and president’s column.


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The Act of Creativity

by Kent Taylor

“I was trying to think out loud about the concentration essential for all artists, and in the very little child I found the perfect example. The concentration of a small child at play is analogous to the concentration of the artist of any discipline. In real play, which is real concentration, the child is not only outside time, he or she is outside of themselves. They have thrown themselves completely into whatever they are doing…this throwing away is the act of creativity.”
     ~ Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet Continue reading

The Making of a Grammar Ninja

by Virginia Parker Staat

A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy;
true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error.
He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down.
Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.
~ E.B. White

I fear I have officially become a grammar ninja. Continue reading