In the SPOTLIGHT!

Wow! I just got another great review, and I am In the Spotlight at Feathered Quill.  After biting my nails to nubs over endless hours of editing, I cannot tell you how great this feels! I have always wanted to write. I just knew I had to wait until I had something to say! Now I do.…

Reflections and observations

I never know what I’ll encounter during my morning walks. First thing after coffee, I walk. It is usually dark, except for near the summer solstice. The peace and solitude makes it a meditative experience, which is a nice way to start the day.  Yesterday, a fox scurried across the street carrying a plastic-wrapped copy of the newspaper in its mouth.…

Vacation Poses a Whole New Picture

I have been immersed in researching The Oregon Trail and life on the prairie in the U.S. in the mid 1800s for my next book, Pioneer Passage, coming out in December.  I have been working hard,  creating stories based on diaries of women traveling westward, patiently honing my tale, embroidering it with details, lost in the arduous…

Give them heaven

After I heard a presentation by Abigail Disney [yes, a member of that Disney family], I watched a documentary she produced. Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the story of Christian and Muslim women of Liberia who collaborated across faith traditions to pray and protest. They obtained a meeting with Charles Taylor, a warlord who was elected President of…

Do You Speak 1850s English?

Then this is the book for you! Yup! 1850s English was a very different language from today’s conversational English. Maybe it is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but I wrote my character’s dialogue as they would truly have spoken in 1850-slowly, deliberately and eloquently!  It has become a truism, but the fact can’t be overstated:…

Hot times, summer in the city

These are hot times we live in, only partially attributable to soaring temperatures. If people disagree, it’s not just a difference of opinion, they react like it’s a personal affront, spewing venom, fury, and hatred towards perceived enemies. There is more incite than insight, generating heat and anger, but not warmth or light. Reading an…

Do You Believe Your Mirror?

Can any of us look at ourselves in the mirror and see what it truly reflects, without our prejudice altering the image there? Do we always focus on the negative and let our eyes go to the thighs that we perceive as too big, or the ‘balcony’ that is too small? Can any of us…