The 23rd Psalm has passed down through the ages of time as one of the most loved passages of scripture. Growing up on a homestead in the 1950s on the windswept northern plains of Wyoming is the rich heritage that has been given to the author, Patricia McClalfin-Booher. Taking care of flocks of sheep and nursing baby orphans lambs back to health enriches the verses of Psalm 23. As an author, Patricia weaves a tapestry of life experience, mingled with aspects of creativity, family resiliency and faith into her stories. The outcome brings a sense of time and place across generational lines. She has brought along her lifelong friends, Ronnie and Teddy Jones who have dedicated their lives to caring for sheep and describing the 23rd Psalm. The many challenges of caring for sheep, along with everyday life experiences that the reader can relate to in today’s society brings hope and courage and a “sense of time and place.” In this Second Edition of “Reflections of a Wyoming Shepherd on the 23rd Psalm,” the author shares her own experience of walking through Covid trusting it will bring hope to others. This is a non-fiction true story of courage, faith and pure grit mingled with humor and the joy of living life to the fullest. It is a story of the love of family and friends through all seasons of life. The heart felt desire and prayer of the author in writing this story, is that the reader will be encouraged to live out their own destiny with hope for the future. If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.
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This is the true story of young war veterans and their young families. They came to live on homesteads carved out of virgin soil in a rugged windswept place in northern Wyoming in 1950 to begin life anew after WWII. I was six years old when I came with my parents up over the Rocky Mountains from southern California to see snow for the first time in my young life. I have called this work of love of family and community “Beloved Homeland, Growing up on a Wyoming Homestead.” None of our young parents had money but we all considered ourselves rich in those early years, living in black tar paper covered barracks from the near-by vacant Japanese Relocation Center. They were described as the Greatest Generation in the works of Tom Brokaw. Most of those WWII veterans are no longer with us but they bring to our nation a hint of raw courage. How little did I realize as a young girl growing up in a homestead community in northern Wyoming that one day I too would launch out in an adventure which would soon take on a life of its own? This is a non-fiction historical narrative which has evolved out of the Qualitative Research I conducted while on faculty with the University of Wyoming. This is the story of young families that came from many parts of the country to begin life anew developing a homestead community with the challenges of a harsh climate and limited finances. The historical data coupled with my own specialization in Family Resiliency, have woven a story of family strength and a community cohesiveness that has been passed onto the third generations of families.
Patricia McClalfin Booher grew up on a Heart Mountain homestead. Regardless of topics she chooses to write about always reflects her love of life, family and a deep sense of God’s creation. Writing, speaking and all of Patricia’s life experiences have evolved into a desire to pass on the "Baton of Courage," to generations to follow, so that they too can have a "Sense of Time and Place."
Patricia received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Human Resources, Family and Child Development from Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her career as a Secondary Teacher and as a Family Consumer Science Educator with the University of Wyoming, stories and poems of childhood always seem to surface. While on faculty with UW, she specialized in Family Resiliency, Creative Thinking and often had opportunities as an inspirational speaker. She has conducted seminars and workshops in a variety of settings including the Philippines and Russia with audiences in multi-generational settings. A book of inspiration, “Reflections of a Wyoming Shepherd on the 23rd Psalm," can be found on Amazon. Two books soon to be released are 'Timmy the Timid, Timmy the Tender, Tools for Coping with Greif," and "Lessons of Life I Have Learned in my Garden Patch."