Murdo Girl…Hits and misses

The thing that surprises me the most… about my life is this… 

I never really planned a thing. It’s all been hit or miss.

I never had a dream that I was driven to pursue.

I never looked too far ahead. I preferred a close-up view.

I know it’s just the way I am, but  at times I feel distressed.

Are people who don’t have good sense, sometimes the happiest?

Some days I feel resentful. Life gets on my last nerve.

Other days I’m grateful to have more than I deserve.

When I look back on those early years and I see where I am now,

The words that come to mind are Man oh’ Man, and Holy Cow!

I’ve lived in five great states and in each we’ve made our home.

Our RV travel has been fun… no matter where we roam.

But for me there will always be just one shining crown.

I might call other places home, but there’s only one hometown.

************************(60’s picture of the Chalet Motel in Murdo. My parents built it over a period of years. I have written many stories about the Chalet in Murdo Girl. It is now part of the Range Country Inn.)


I look back now at that young girl who left town with her grandpa the day after graduation. Someone had suggested I go to California and get a job. I hadn’t made any other plans, so why not? Grandpa was going to put me on a plane in Rapid City in a couple of days.

The same day we left Murdo, I remember sitting by myself at a track meet in Rapid City. Grandpa had dropped me off because I just HAD to go and watch Murdo’s track team. I needed to be there to support all the guys I had cheered on through all those football and basketball games over the years.

A couple of our stars…

I was feeling a huge sense of loss. I was not prepared to leave high school…



(Karen Ferdig Snider and I helping build the float for homecoming 1969. I lost my annual so Eddie Jackson sent me some pictures. I think we were all goofing off at our class play rehearsal in the bottom pic.)

Like all of us, my life has taken a lot of twists and turns since high school. There’s been some great hits and a few misses, but these last three plus years that I have been able to share, through the Murdo Girl blog, about my life in Murdo, as well as other life experiences, have been good for me. (I think that’s what writers call a run-on sentence.)

Anyway, I really appreciate all who have allowed me to share all of my stories and some of yours.

What a gift! 

4 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Hits and misses

  1. scoper07 September 2, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    It is you who I thank MG. Because of your blog I know about people like Kip or Charley and I have never met them. You bring us together as a big extended family. Your poetry is great, the pictures are great, and your stories are great. Thank you!!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch September 3, 2018 / 5:57 am

      I have Karen to thank for putting me in touch with you again. Now I know and love Mari and Seth. Thanks for your kind words 07. It’s great to reflect on good memories.

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    • sanjuan831 September 3, 2018 / 8:59 am

      You echo my sentiments exactly, Scoper. You found your writing voice, dear MG. We love being in your extended family. Oh, yeah, I was already in your family, but you know what I mean. Ytb.

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