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2010 Christmas Letter
Tuesday, November 16, 2010  4:26:00 PM

by Niki Collins-Queen

Niki and Bud''s 2010 News Update.

Christmas 2010

May the joy and peace of the season remain throughout the coming year!

Dear Friends and Family,

This has been a year of new beginnings. Bud got two new titanium knees, our log cabin got a new metal roof and our three dormers got new siding. Bud had second thoughts about his double knee replacement surgery the first week but he's really glad he did both knees now. Although his energy is still returning he no longer has pain when he hikes, bikes and swims. And yes he does all three two or three times a week.


We're grateful our roof and dormers no longer leak and proud our 24-year-old cabin looks almost new again. We also stained the cabin's logs and the hot tub shelter and got a new dining room table.

Four days of sanding and staining brought back the beauty of the 30-year-old German oak table and chairs. Bud's son was about to send it to the dump. It looks terrific.

We biked and swam this summer at a friend's home. They live 16 miles from us in farm country where the roads are relatively flat and used their beautiful pool. Bud rode five to seven miles. You'd never know his double knee replacement surgery was only in mid January. I'm proud of him. We canoe camped on a number of local rivers and twice on Sapelo Island this year. The trips were magical as always. Rocky Creek, the stream just below our cabin, is crystal clear now and fills its entire riverbed. I haven't seen it this full since the late 90s. It looks exquisite tumbling over the rocks.

This has been a big year for reading and writing for me. I've read over 60 books and written an book review for every one them. I love doing the reviews as it helps me remember what I read. sends writers four free books a month to review if they receive over a certain amount of helpful votes by other viewers. I was honored to be selected and get to choose four books a month from their “Vine Program.” If amazon was attempting to increase the number of writers who do book reviews they succeeded. At least with me. It's a lot of work but fun.

I turned 60 this year. When I turned 50 I realized I was no longer a kid. At 60 I'm in the “old lady” category. Thank goodness I don't feel it. To celebrate I canoed the upper Ocmulgee River. I was nervous. I'd not paddled white-water in awhile. Acing the rapids made me feel young again.

Bud's civic, hunting and conservation activities continue to keep him busy. Thankfully he is no longer president of the High Falls Towaliga Watershed Alliance. It was a huge responsibility and he did it for four years. He's now serves on the board of directors and their water testing committee. He's also on the Environmental Protection Division's Rivers-Alive-Program Advisory Board and leads cleanups on local rivers for the Georgia Wilderness Society and the Rivers-Alive-Program. He has also agreed to create and serve as president of a new “Friends of High Falls State Park.”

Wishing you all the joys of Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

Much love and warmest wishes,

Bud and Niki


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2014 Christmas Newsletter - 11/18/2014 4:17:00 PM

A Tribute to my Mother - 12/20/2013 8:11:00 AM

A Tribute to my Father - 12/20/2013 8:08:00 AM

2013 Christmas Letter - 11/26/2013 5:52:00 PM

2012 Christmas Letter - 11/28/2012 7:18:00 AM

Bud Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:56:00 PM

Niki Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:49:00 PM

2011 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2011 1:45:00 PM

Utah's Zion National Park - 10/27/2011 4:33:00 AM

Georgia Wilderness Society's Ocmulgee River canoe/float/camp - 6/11/2011 10:06:00 AM

Visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta - 12/11/2010 2:43:00 PM

An Ocmulgee River White-water Canoe Trip - 6/20/2010 11:41:00 AM

2009 Christmas Letter - 12/7/2009 3:57:00 PM

Authors on the Appalachian Trail - 3/3/2009 4:05:00 PM

2008 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2008 5:56:00 PM

2007 Christmas Letter. - 12/8/2007 10:25:00 AM

Solo backpacking reloads mental, emotional circuits - 4/16/2005 12:28:00 PM

Niki Collins enjoys solitary treks - 4/10/2005 2:22:00 PM

Counselor seeks task force to fight sex abuse of children - 1/17/2005 8:11:00 PM

Nature photography provides peace and joy - 12/4/2004 5:53:00 PM

Discovering the sacred in nature - 11/12/2004 7:16:00 AM

Woman’s spirituality in nature leads to book about experiences  - 11/11/2004 12:15:00 PM

Spirit on the Hiking Trail - 8/25/2004 4:26:00 PM

Author finds God and spirituality in nature - 8/25/2004 4:17:00 PM

Swami, how I love Ya! Yoga’s benefits  - 8/19/2004 7:52:00 PM

Woman's Spirit-Quest Is Told with Humor, Understanding and Appreciation of Nature - 8/19/2004 2:09:00 PM

Author Niki Collins-Queen to sign books - 8/19/2004 1:59:00 PM

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Natural Soul - 8/7/2004 7:24:00 PM

Catching a Wave - 8/7/2004 7:08:00 PM

Journey of a thousand miles...  - 8/7/2004 6:45:00 PM

Georgia Wilderness Society, GWS, Flint River Canoe/Float/Camp Trip  - 7/20/2004 7:46:00 PM

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