“I Love That Title!”

Limon Train Depot

“I love that title,” people say to me when I mention Wonderful Lonesome, the title of my new book. This is the start of a set of books called Amish Turns of Time. All three books are set in the 1910s, but each book is in a different setting with a different cast of characters. […]

Life: Rich and True

Life: Rich and True

A friend of mine died about a month ago. Sadly, it was not a surprise. He’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 21 months earlier. He was doing fairly well, considering. He worked for much of the time—when his treatments were not making him too ill to function—and enjoyed his family, including three small grandchildren who […]

I’m Having Twins!


September 1 is a double release day! I’m excited about Wonderful Lonesome, the first in a set of three Amish historicals. And for icing on the birthday cake, this may be my favorite book cover yet. A hundred years ago, there was an Amish settlement on the eastern Colorado plain, about an hour and a […]

Free! The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

Free! The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, the first in the Avenue of Dreams series, is free in ebook formats for a few weeks. If you haven’t read the series yet, here’s your chance. Happy reading! Kindle Nook CBD

Summer Report

Larry – San Fran bridge

How’s your summer? Mine is busy. Sometimes I feel like this photo—living in a fog where I can’t see the next step ahead. But I’m also looking forward to the fog lifting and seeing what surprises are on the other side of the bridge. In the spirit of a summer break, I’m taking a few […]

Lessons from Word


If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a Word document that originated with someone else, you know that sometimes the formatting can be wonky. Because of the nature of a project I’m part of, this has been happening to me quite a bit lately. Extra line spaces appear and will not go away […]

From Sun to Storm and Back Again


On a recent Saturday, I worked in the yard for a while, listening to an audiobook to distract me from how much I dislike it. I enjoy being outdoors and love the sun. I am less fond of the actual work of trying to control a bazillion weeds every summer. But I was doing it […]

Meet the Author, Meet the Mother

Olivia Newport Wonderful Lonesome Cover

A few weeks ago I traveled to Illinois to visit my mother, who has been living in an assisted living community for the last year. Believe me, you can spend all day moving from one scheduled activity to another. Wii bowling. Dog visitors. Musical entertainers. Card games. Happy hour. Check the schedule. There’s always something. […]

Life Rushing Past

Lakehouse view – Larry

Last week one of my great-nephews turned a year old, and I had a chat with my eighty-eight-year-old mother about the occasion. She commented that, looking back, it always seems like that first year goes so fast because the baby changes so much that it hardly seems like the same child. I also had a […]

Fast Regret

paint chips 2

We’ve been painting this summer. It’s been a looong time since we painted the main rooms of our house. And about nine months ago our daughter moved out, and we’ve turned that room into a cozy TV room. (Which may explain my heightened Netflix habit of late.) Our method has been that I agonize about […]