About This Blog/Stay Updated!

This site is a blog that explores my adventures in writing and life, and the way both are informed and guided by the critters (llamas in particular) who share those endeavors with me.  From time to time, I’ll also be posting updates on the Montana 600, llamas who were rescued from the failed large animal sanctuary in Montana.

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Gayle M. Woodsum in North Park, Colorado

Gayle and Argentine Espiritu, a.k.a. "Spirit"

27 Responses to About This Blog/Stay Updated!

  1. Mary Lane says:

    Hi Gayle,

    Once again, I must have fallen off your blog subscription somehow? I think it has been about a year since I received your last blog. Recently, I found a very cool art piece of a llama, which reminded me that I still want to do some kind of art using one of your photos as the inspiration. So, I was going to try to find you in case I do it so I can either send it to you, or at least a photo of it….and I found your blog IS still going. So, I subscribed again.

    I look forward to reading all your adventures and thoughts about life in the West, etc. again. Unless of course, you have removed me from your blog on purpose…LOL. I am not going to promise anything, but hopefully, I will send you something I have created from your beautiful photos. If you email your address (snail mail) to me, I will send you my “it would have been a Solstice card but I had pneumonia so it is a bit late” card I made this year.

    I am very glad to see you are still writing. I always enjoy getting the email announcing a new blog. Happy almost Spring!!!

  2. Velta Mack says:

    Gayle, I met you years ago. I am Lisa Minter’s mother (Virginia Christensen’s sidekick). I was a fumbling gate person at the Reno show in Virginia’s honor. I followed all your posts on the Montana rescue and recently saw that you had commented on the Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue page which is happening near where I used to live. A terrible situation. I hope all the alpacas get moved today.

  3. Vioeltlynn Baggett says:

    Hello Gayle,

    I met you years ago at a Harvest show, possibly the year before Montana Rescue event. I recall sitting with you after show as your discussed our scores. I recall you sharing your struggles. Your quiet candor and covered emotion caused a hitch in my heart. As life moves on quickly we forget. I caught your writings during this dark life changing time. I am not constant at anything… but longed get in the car and drive to your side and adventure. I had not subscribed to your blog. I so often have gone back a reread them. Today a caught a blip and was glad to share your year….thank you!
    so much wrapped in so little… yet so much…many moments I know nothing about again caused my heart to hitch…. I’ll not miss another….hmmmm… what really changes who we are…reading real life is so much better than fiction. Thank you!

    • Gayle says:

      The hitching of the heart. I do know what you mean – those moments of connection at surprising moments. Thank you for this.

  4. Naomi Nottage says:

    Thank you for the wool you sent to Beth Wilkinson. She will love knitting it into a nice scarf. Miss Beth is suffering from some alzheimers and cannot recall how she knows you or how you knew to send her the yarn. Thsnk you . I

  5. Ann Barkley says:

    Gayle,

    Your work is admirable in so many ways. Well done, touching, sensitive, honest. Glad you are still going strong!

    • Gayle says:

      Thank you so much, Ann. I’m also glad I’m still going, even on the days when it doesn’t necessarily feel so strong!

  6. Jim Sutter says:

    Thank you Gayle for the invite to your blog. I now have a better understanding of why I feel the way I do about such a sweet, caring and loving person! You are amazing, in every sense of that word. Once our homesites are secured, there will be a special place set aside for at least one, hopefully more, of these beautiful animals.

    • Gayle says:

      I think you’re right. If I’ve actually brought you to the point where you’re willing to publicly admit you might like to live with a couple of llamas, you crusty Northern Arapaho cowboy, I truly am amazing!

  7. Judith says:

    I’m hooked. I signed up. I can’t wait for all those essays/books/words to find their way out into the world.
    Happy New Year Gayle.

    • Gayle says:

      Wonderful – thank you, Judith! But wait – I guess that means I actually have to follow through on my musings….

  8. Tami says:

    Gayle

    I have just finished reading your entries. God Bless you and others like you. Please know you have support in New Mexico. If there’s any other way to help, please let me know. Your writing is superb and I look forward to hearing more about your animal adventures. They teach us so much! May I include your link on my blog?

    Tami

    • Gayle says:

      Thank you so much, Tami. Yes, I’d be honored to have you include my link on your blog. And how would I get to yours to read?

  9. Deborah Shannon says:

    Please include me in your email notifications. You are a grisly beautiful person and your talent as a writer is astounding. It makes me feel like part of your world. Thank you so very much for all you do for the Llamas in your blessed care.

    • Gayle says:

      Thank you for your response! It’s been an unexpected and crazy winter for me, but I’m gearing up for being active again with sharing life with the llamas on this blog.

      • Irene says:

        Gayle, I was following your recuse endeavors while you were in Montana. Thank you for being there for those poor animals, llamas, and sweet Elizabeth (I felt like I loved her and shared your pain and sorrow when she passed, and I’ve never even met her.) And thank you for keeping us all posted on their progress. You are a wonderful writer, and an amazing and caring person.

    • Waukesha says:

      Thank you so much for being in touch, Sue. I know too well what you mean about how devastating it is to lose any of these llaams who have already been through so much. And I also know what you mean about how sweet they are! I sure am glad to know you still have four, and would love for you to email me photos. Here, I keep telling everyone how extra loving the Montana Blues are. I took in a gelding recently who can’t hold his neck up at all due to an old injury, and put him in with the Montana Blues. They simply accepted him, haven’t pushed him around or challenged him at all, and the other day I looked out the window to see Mystery kind of leading him around the area as if to introduce him to his new home. What a delight.

  10. Sue Downs says:

    Gayle, your blog is very personal for us. My husband, Ed, and I took six llamas from the Montana Rescue. We have lost two, which devastated us. It’s impossible not to fall in love with these brave, beautiful boys (we have geldings). The four who remain are getting stronger each day, and have the sweetest personalities. Thank you for keeping the Montana Blues in the public eye. We are grateful to everyone who has worked to save these precious lives. May God richly bless you.

    • Gayle says:

      Thank you so much for being in touch, Sue. I know too well what you mean about how devastating it is to lose any of these llamas who have already been through so much. And I also know what you mean about how sweet they are! I sure am glad to know you still have four, and would love for you to email me photos. Here, I keep telling everyone how extra loving the Montana Blues are. I took in a gelding recently who can’t hold his neck up at all due to an old injury, and put him in with the Montana Blues. They simply accepted him, haven’t pushed him around or challenged him at all, and the other day I looked out the window to see Mystery kind of leading him around the area as if to introduce him to his new home. What a delight.

  11. Karen Miller says:

    May the Lord bless and keep you.

  12. cyndy mullings says:

    Gayle, every time I read about the continued process towards healing these llamas I reflect back to the time spent at the sanctuary,this healing is also slow for those of us who were there,having two of the Montana Blues here,watching them every day,and every day being a little better has become my personal healing process.

    Thank you for all you have done and continue to do!

    • Gayle says:

      It’s so true, what you say. And it’s hard to name what really needs to be healed, isn’t it? It isn’t just starvation for the llamas, it isn’t just surface trauma for the people. There’s something about the bigger picture of life and responsibility and caring (caregiving, care receiving, taking care, all of it) we’re all learning here. I feel so fortunate to have lots of animals and lots of people to share the process with.

  13. Helena DeCaprio says:

    Gayle, I was following your rescue endeavors while you were in Montana. Thank you for being there for those poor animals, llamas, and sweet Elizabeth – (I felt like I loved her and shared your pain and sorrow when she passed, and I’ve never even met her.) And thank you for keeping us all posted on their progress. You are a wonderful writer, and an amazing and caring person.

    • Gayle says:

      Thank you, Helena. This extraordinary experience continues as the Montana Blues get stronger and more interesting every day. I’ve begun hearing about the progress of other llamas of the Montana 600 and look forward to getting updates and photos posted on them as well.

  14. Deborah Ignacio says:

    Love your writings about the llama adventures and their recovery. You are a wonderful writer. I feel as I am there with you and the llamas. You are a remarkable woman. I am in Texas and spoke with someone about adopting on of the Montana llamas. She said they would be ready by March.

  15. Looking forward to this blog.

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