Tag Archive | Family

Happy Easter 2020!

I’ve always loved Easter. This year with the pandemic bending the cultural traditions of many of us, I thought it more important than ever to keep the traditions I had control over. So I dug deep in my cupboard, not knowing whether I had an egg dye kit or not. I figured I have food […]

Which American Girl Doll Are You?

“You’d be a terrible American Girl doll!” my daughter said with disapproval. I’ll admit, no one had ever hurled this insult at me before. My daughter is 27 and lives in Indiana though a good portion of her heart is still here in Oregon. We talk nearly every day on Facetime, yes even before the […]

Why Wait For Black Friday? Two Book Giveaways

As you know by now if you’ve been following my blog, Keeper, book 4 in the Seed Savers series was released last Saturday. As part of the celebration, I’m running a Goodreads Giveaway for a paperback copy of Keeper. It goes through December 10. All you need to do is sign up. I’m also running […]

Excerpt for Keeper (Seed Savers 4)

In NINE days, Keeper releases. All your friends from the first three books are back except for Ana. But November 7 is Ana’s birthday, so we’ll celebrate her birthday with the new book. 🙂 In the meantime, here is an excerpt from Keeper: Excerpt 1 (Lily talks with her father, followed by encounter with Arturo.) […]

Book Review of Ask Nana Jean About Making a Difference:Reflections on Life

The title says it all. This book is a book of reflections by Jean Moule, emerita faculty member at Oregon State University. It’s a wonderful book, not meant to be read all in one sitting, but rather in small bites when you want to treat yourself to something wonderful like a chocolate truffle or two. […]

The Dedication Page (for Garrett)

I don’t know if I can do it but I promise I’ll try And hope your mom forgives me for making her cry. Today is your birthday but you are not here So we’ll remember you fondly with memories dear. When you were a toddler we never understood What it meant, or why the only […]

Grandpa Was a Character

My grandfather was a real character. So I guess it was only a matter of time before he showed up in one of my novels. Grandpa stuttered when he got excited (which was often). He could also swear a blue streak. Nobody else in my family ever swore, but Grandpa let the damns and hells […]