I want to express my gratitude for my friend and artist, poet, photographer, Colleen Watson Turner who kindly let me use many of her beautiful photographs for my website. Hers is the image for the banner at the top of each page. Her image of the prairie sunrise captures the feeling of the spirit of the Earth wonderfully for me. All other pages or posts that contain one of her photos, the captions under the image show that she took and holds copyright to it.

Don’t use these image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission © Colleen Watson-Turner. All rights reserved. Colleen’s work can be viewed: 

I have relied on the wisdom of Dennis Schaefer often as first reader of my posts. His comments and the conversations we have about the topics of many posts is invaluable.

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