Tag Archives: Ouray

A Billboard Beckons

Find yourself in Switzerland. Call Magic Carpet Travel Agency for your next getaway. Azalea Pruett finds herself in poverty after her husband’s death. She discovers that he’s left her with a mountain of debt, and her story becomes one of riches to rags. Forced … Continue reading

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Making the Headlines

After Zal Pruett moves to a historic mining town, she researches her family history only to find a skeleton dangling from the family tree. She discovers her great-great-grandmother staring out from an old photograph. A group of women poses outside a house … Continue reading

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Would You Like to Dance?

Back when I was single, I liked to dance at a local country bar with live music. I went simply to dance. I used a line on men who asked me where I worked. With a straight face, I informed … Continue reading

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Fresh Starts

Have you ever wanted a fresh start in life—to the point you’d take off to an unknown destination? After college, I headed to a state where I didn’t know a soul. I wouldn’t recommend it. But then, I was single … Continue reading

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Whims, wishes, and Waterfalls

One of my favorite places is Ouray, Colorado. The first time I experienced its magnificent scenery, I was smitten. A red rock amphitheater surrounds the picturesque mountain town. High above, the San Juan peaks brush the heavens. Dramatic waterfalls plunge … Continue reading

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Vagrants and Visitors

Every summer I anticipate a trip home to see my family. We live far enough apart that frequent visits are out of the question. I usually spend three full weeks visiting my family and enjoying every minute of it. (Okay, … Continue reading

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Café Confessions

The life of a waitress can be trying— demanding customers, messed up orders in the kitchen, spilled drinks, and constant motion. My short-lived encounter with waitressing at age eighteen led me to pursue other vocations. I learned when people go … Continue reading

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A Washed-Up Waitress

Zal Pruett never dreamed she’d be a waitress in a retro-fifties diner. But like a burger flipped on a hot grill, Zal’s life turns upside down after the sudden death of her husband. To her dismay, he’s left her on … Continue reading

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Tattered Covers

Wearing a little black dress and pearls, Azalea Pruett opens her front door and finds her BMW hoisted onto a long-bed trailer. A man in a blue jumpsuit explains he has a repo order for her car. With little money … Continue reading

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