Christmas in October


Years ago I worked in a retail fabric store. In the craft world, Christmas starts in July. During weeks of summer heat I measured and cut red and green Christmas fabrics while everybody in town with a sewing machine stacked up supplies to keep them going till December. In the book world, Christmas seems to […]

A Big Fat Book to Sink Into

A Big Fat Book to Sink Into

Two months! I just realized how much time has passed since I last posted. Actually, I think of the month of August as “The Month That Was Not,” because I was under the weather for a few weeks. But also since the last time I posted, I’ve had an exciting release. Back in 2014, Hidden […]

Enter the Panic Zone

Enter the Panic Zone

It happens every year. About February, when we get a warm spell that you might not associate with February in Colorado (but which happens every year) I see the first signs of the rash of larkspur that brings glory to my yard in summer. Then it turns cold, we get a spring blizzard, and I […]

I Love the Library!


If you are looking for me on a Saturday afternoon, check the library. I’m there a lot with the purpose of adding words to my latest work-in-progress, which at the moment is a fifth addition to the Amish Turns of Time series. I’ve written before about libraries in my life. Sometimes unexpected things happen, like […]

Once Upon a Table

Olivia Newport stained table

Once upon a time, I bought a table and chairs. I’d been married four years and had already moved three times. In each place, we used a different hand-me-down free table and some hand-me-down wooden folding chairs. Now we thought we were some place where we would be for awhile, and in the spirit of […]

Chasing the Joy

No Time for Trouble cover

I sometimes use the tagline, “Twisting through time, chasing the joy.” It’s summer, and I’ve had plenty of joy to chase. My daughter got married. It was a stunning day.  My flowers have been awesome. I live in a bee-yoo-tiful place. I see lots of butterflies in my yard, but I don’t often catch a […]

So This Happened

wedding gazebo

So today I realized it’s been a month since I posted anything here. That happens from time to time, because life happens. Happily this time the distraction has been a joyous one—my daughter’s wedding. She did a fabulous job of organizing a beautiful day—including promising me it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—but of course when […]

Kindness: Pass It On


I’m a writer with ruts. One of those ruts is that I often go to the public library on Saturday afternoons to find myself a nice spot that looks out the bank of windows on a panoramic view of the Front Range of the Rockies. A recent Saturday was an ordinary Saturday, and I was […]

Hidden Falls Coming to Print!

Hidden Falls cover

A couple of years ago I wrote Hidden Falls, a long novel that was available in “episodes” you could download for an e-reader or audible book. I’m pleased to be able to say that the book will soon be available in print as a big fat book of 528 pages. I loved writing this book, […]

Winners Announced

As promised, I’m happy to announce the first, second, and third prizes of the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Thanks to all who played! First Prize: Crystal Balzer in Wyoming won copies of all the authors’ books plus a $3oo Amazon card. Second Prize: Jackie Wisherd in California won copies of all the books plus a […]