By Don Dopf
Grace Arlene Grothaus has just done something rarely done by a 93-year-old. She just self-published her fourth in a series of cowboy poetry books dating back to 2001. This one is called “There Will Always Be Cowboys and From the Heart.”
Dedicated to her late, true-cowboy husband LeRoy, artist/illustrator Jim Brown, and her printers, Don and Betty Dopf from Cambridge Litho, Inc., this book follows predecessors published in 2001, 2003, and 2006. It’s pages are filled with Arlene’s homespun style of humor and she has a huge following of folks who appreciate her cowboy lifestyle upbringing in Idaho.
Arlene is certainly no novice when it comes to writing. She wrote a weekly column for the local paper, as well as being a reporter for the Idaho Fiddler, and contributed many short stories and poetry to various other newspapers and magazines under the pen name of Sage Brush Sally, who she lovingly refers to as her “alter ego.
Arlene will be signing and selling her books at the Weiser Senior Center in the coming days. She couldn’t be pinned down as to specific times and stated something like “whenever I’m not napping.”
So stop by the center at random for a book, or to just say Hi. Maybe you’ll catch her between “winks!”