[land-loh-per] noun a wanderer, vagrant, or adventurer. Are you constantly intrigued by how we connect with some people so easily, so quickly, and with others, not a bit? Every time I sit down to write about new friendships and connections, I present this phenomenon. Some customers will come in to the saloon and we hit it off instantly, beforeContinue reading “landloper.”


[des–uh l-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] adjective lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random. I had two amazing friends come to Ketchum and we went to the hot springs yesterday when it was 30 degrees outside. It was surreal to be surrounded by snow, inches away from an icy river, but toasty warm due to geothermal activity. After changing into warm clothes, IContinue reading “desultory.”


[uh b-strep-er-uh s] adjective resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous. Newspapers, posters, and word of many mouths advertised a town-wide planned power outage for Tuesday from 11pm-7am. Everything in town would be pitch-black due to a necessary pole replacement. The only place downtown with a generator? The Saloon. So our usual closing time of 10:30-11ish would change to 2am. Tuesday wasContinue reading “obstreperous.”


[swim-ing-lee] adverb without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly. Falling in love with Idaho has gone swimmingly; it’s seamless and easy. It happens with each new turn in the road or a smile from a stranger. What has not gone swimmingly in this moving process is the actual moving process. I cannot find the right, affordable place to live. I haveContinue reading “swimmingly.”


noun [jen-uh-sis] an origin, creation, or beginning. Removing yourself from all you know and love makes for an evocative adventure. There can be an overwhelming amount of emotions surrounding ordinary happenings. Things that were so comfortable and easy before are no longer such. Have you ever noticed how you can eat a meal mindlessly thousands and thousands ofContinue reading “genesis.”


[v. fes-tuh-neyt; adj. fes-tuh-neyt, -nit] verb (used with object), verb (used without object),festinated, festinating. to hurry; hasten. adjective hurried. The town of Ketchum has been gearing up for a Wagon Days Festival. But hurried and hastened it is not.  “Meandering musicians” litter the town. They have to dodge 200 or so camp chairs that have already been set up on the sidewalks for tomorrow’s Wagon Days Parade, theContinue reading “festinate.”


adverb very nearly; almost. I have well-nigh decided that an evening serving job is my calling in life. I do not set an alarm for the morning. I open my eyes early anyway and think about the mountains surrounding me outside saying, “Come dance with me” (My favorite Banner Days song). So I get up and makeContinue reading “well-nigh.”


[proh-tee-uh n, proh-tee-] adjective readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable. changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba. (of an actor or actress) versatile; able to play many kinds of roles. (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or suggestive of Proteus. What a word! There’s something so refreshing about starting over in a new place and having the freedom to really be who you want to be. There are so many introductions, and you can decide what you want to be known for. I could’ve said, “Hi, I’m Beth,Continue reading “protean.”