Writings By Rosemary

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Towards the end of 2015, I kicked off a 1-year writing sabbatical on the U.S. highways by way of the Hook Jeep. Starting from Austin, my first landing spot was the Outer Banks on the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean. From the East Coast, I swung over to the Great Lakes and my home state of Michigan before continuing my journey to meet the Lakota on the mysterious plains and sacred mountains of South Dakota and Montana.

After the Badlands, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons, I drove across the Mojave and into the Central Coast of California until we reached the sought-after Pacific Ocean. From the West Coast, I canvassed the breathtaking desert of Arizona and New Mexico, eventually crossing back over the Texas state line and our final drive home to Austin.

To those who've been keeping up with this blog, Thank You. To those who are reading for the first time, Welcome . . .

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In the Spring of 2012, I launched this blog as @HooksDownUnder to chronicle a year-long adventure to Australia with my husband "Hook." A month before our flight was scheduled to leave, we received a phone call with an unexpected medical diagnosis -- pancreatic cancer -- and shifted from planning a life overseas to planning to save Hook's life.

On Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 2:10 in the morning, Hook broke from Homo sapien living and took flight on the wings of a wasp to another place and time. Again and again, I have imagined for him an adventure ripe with lush rainforest and quirky insects, and all those treasures of nature so dear to his heart.

In my husband's honor and perhaps even in my own, I continued to blog -- throughout his illness, his dying, and after his death. Although I'd meant to share adventures of kangaroos and the Outback, life changed and with it this blog's purpose.

In the Fall of 2014, I made a month-long trek to Australia with Allan in my backpack instead of by my side; and I closed finally, the circle on that journey for both of us.

In 2015, I changed @HooksDownUnder to @WritingsByRosemary, shifting my writing from overwhelming loss to starting over. Throughout my grief, I continued then and today to raise funds for the Dr. Allan W. Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund, while keeping alive Hook's legacy -- the four species of insects he discovered which bear his name:

- Solerella hooki (wasp)
- Pseudopolis hooki (wasp)
- Nemomydas hooki (fly)
- Perdita hooki (bee)

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As I drive around the United States with Gatita the cat as my companion, I create a new life through writing, using this as my motivation and my healing. And I create with a specific purpose -- to complete my first literary manuscript where Didion's 'The Year of Magical Thinking' meets Steinbeck's 'Travels with Charley.'

Send good juju my way ... and thank you for reading!

Steward of the Hook Wild Basin Fund

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