Photo of The Sentinels.
WyoJones explains, “These Large rocks mark the entrance to Shoshone Canyon which cuts through Rattlesnake Mountain just west of Cody in Park County, Wyoming. The limestone pictured is part of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic strata that dips into the Big Horn Basin on the east on the flank of the Rattle snake Anticline.”
Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

First off, I wanted to let my Scenic Route friends know that I’m guest blogging (yes, again, sometimes the universe sends abundance!) at Julie Kenner’s blog today. Could definitely use some peep love! 🙂

As I was browsing the hub’s photos and mulling what scenic route to take today and for some reason I started thinking about all the places we’d lived and how each place had enriched my life in some way. So I thought I’d share something I’ve learned from each state we’ve lived in. (It’s a short list. We haven’t lived that many places. grin)

  • Wyoming – The water table is deep and the winds can be harsh…but it’s so worth it…it taught me to dig deep and stand my ground..
  • Utah – The state has so much beauty, so much to offer…it had everything but a job for us. From here I learned to soak up the things that refresh your soul, because change will come. So we moved on to…
  • Texas – Yup, we have made two passes through Texas. I loved it both times. It’s big and soaring and brash, and the people don’t have a lot of patience with whining. Here I learned how to suck it up and be happy…
  • Louisiana – During our eighteen years there, I learned how to be flexible, how to adapt to change. How to judge hearts better, and yeah, more lessons in not whining…
  • Texas – My second pass through felt almost like coming home. It’s still big, still brash, still bold and lots of fun. I think I’m finally learning to get over myself. To grow where I’m planted. And to not fear a big purse or sassy boots. 🙂

So what have the places you’ve lived taught you about yourself? About life? About those places? Not only do comments start conversations, they get you entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket worth $20. It’s my favorite soap site, hands down and I love sharing the yummy with my blog friends. 🙂

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously yours,


Pauline feels fortunate that, throughout her travels, her business has been portable. Hmmm, have computer, will travel? Maybe with a nice RV…in the meantime, you can find out about her and her books at

What happens when a twenty-first century woman on a mission to change the past meets a thoroughly 1940s man trying to stay alive in the hellish skies over war-torn Europe?
What happens when a twenty-first century woman on a mission to change the past meets a thoroughly 1940s man trying to stay alive in the hellish skies over war-torn Europe?
What I’ve Learned From Where We’ve Lived
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2 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned From Where We’ve Lived

  • July 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Great post! Having lived in only one state my entire life (minus 3 years when I was too little to remember), I’m itching to see the rest of the country. Not sure about moving anywhere else though. 🙂 Very fun post!
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    • July 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Moving is very hard! It is, IMHO, particularly hard for women. We are — generally — nest builders. So getting uprooted–yeah, hard. But as a gardener, you also know that uprooting can make some plants stronger. I can’t say I look forward to moving. But once my roots are happy again, I always seem to find something to like. And something to make me grow (though I tend to figure the learning part out in hindsight LOL). Thanks, Diana!

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