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New Chicks In Town

My husband and I recently brought home some baby chicks. This is our second time. The last time was when our kids were still at home. The chicks and the kids grew up. I miss them both. Although there’s not much you can do when your kids move out, I did decide I’d had enough […]

Road Trip Snippets (A Year Late)

A year ago I was in the middle of my Earth Day book tour where I visited fifteen bookstores and two schools in the big state of Texas. Before that, my husband and I attended the wedding of our niece in Denver, Colorado. The whole trip lasted from April 9 to May 1 and took […]

The Eden at the End of the Oregon Trail

Like a fish in water not appreciating it until he’s gasping for air out of it, so, I think, it takes those of us born and raised in the Willamette Valley some time to realize that we live in one of the best places on earth. I think I realized this in my thirties, but […]

This Blog Post Brought To You By The Cat

We have a cat. An old cat. Maybe she’s senile. Maybe she has kitty Alzheimer’s. Or maybe she just has a good imagination and is hoping we will accept her earnest gifts. Meet Spice. In her younger days, Spice used to catch birds, mice, and snakes. Not nice, I know. But it’s what cats do. […]

Why Jeff Bezos is My Hero

It has nothing to do with drones delivering books to my doorstep. I’m still thrilled with the UPS trucks. In September (yes, before the whole drone business) I actually posted a youtube link to my son about Bezos’s “Regret Minimization Framework.” I have no idea if he ever watched it or if he knows who […]

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 […]

truth is deadlier than fiction

A few years ago, after watching Food, Inc.,  I was inspired to write a novel set in the not-so-distant future where seed ownership was outlawed and food choices limited. I was teaching middle school at the time, so wrote the book for that level with the main protagonists being age twelve. Fast forward to today, […]

Dreams of our Youth

I visited with a high school friend of mine this past weekend. We were in Drama together. We used to joke (and dream) about being big Hollywood stars someday. She would be in a future Rocky movie (at that time, Rocky 2 was just out) and I wanted to be an evil female lead in […]

Summer Update: Treasure, Lily, Heirloom

Goodness, July is almost over and I’ve only posted twice! You would probably think that indicates I’ve been slacking off, getting nothing done; quite the contrary! It probably means I’ve been getting lots of things done, just not blogging. 🙂 Yes, and that would be the truth. I’ve been busy with my garden (I took […]

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 […]