#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


People and critters all fine!

The Cave Creek Complex fire is moving north, now, and Springwater Station is no longer in its path. My good friend, Susan Yarina, and her husband, Joe, were ready to trailer my horses out of here, to safe ground but, luckily, that won’t be necessary. Joe and Susan are two fine examples of the western spirit–pitch in and help in the pinch, and worry about the clean-up later. Thanks for being there, Susan and Joe.

Wildfires are a fact of life in the summer desert, with temperatures well above 100 degrees most days, and lots of thunder and lightning, excellent for the environment, but tough on people and animals. A lot of folks lost their homes to this one, but it was heartening to see how people pulled together to help. That western spirit again. Horse-lovers came and went in a steady stream, hauling the equine population to safety. The sheriff’s deputies were on the job to make sure there was no looting, and no going back for grandma’s sugar bowl. The firefighters, called “Hotshots”, for obvious reasons, take bravery and commitment to duty to a whole new level.

Thank you for your good thoughts.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you how Mary Ann, my cousin/housekeeper/best friend, blacked out the whole set while I was on TV yesterday!

You’re gonna laugh.

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“Keep your ear to the ground” referred to the practice of plainsmen listening to the ground to hear hoof beats. It became the westerner’s warning to stay alert.

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