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So This Happened

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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 […]

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 […]

Save the Date! Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt


It’s time for the spring 2016 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. Get ready! It’s happening this weekend. So many great authors are participating! If you don’t recognize them all, the hunt is a great way to be introduced. PRIZES: 1st Prize: $300 Amazon Gift Card and all 32 participants’ newest books 2nd Prize: $125 Amazon Gift […]

Want to Help?

Hope in the Land cover

Hope in the Land just released. I’m still basking in the glow of my author copies sitting in the corner of my kitchen. When a new books comes out, I am always astounded that it actually happened! I know many of you keep up to date on my books. Thank you! Thank you! It’s always […]

Hope in the Land Released

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April 1 was the official release day for Hope in the Land. So all I’m saying here is “Yippee!” I’dve long wanted to write a Depression-era story, so this books holds a soft spot in my heart. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and all the usual places where people like […]

Dorothea Lange Depression Photos


Growing up and living during my younger adult years in Illinois, I suppose I knew about as much about the Great Depression as anyone in my circles. Stock market crash. High unemployment. The Grapes of Wrath. Sometimes my mother told a story that drew me past the facts to the emotions. But it was after […]

Stolen Beans

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My mother was born in 1926—she recently turned 90—and was one of nine children in the family growing up in a small town in rural Arkansas. Her father lost his business in the Great Depression. Soon after that, while the family’s belongings were stored above another business, that building burned and they lost everything. It’s […]

Evidence of Things Unseen


“I didn’t think we had termites in Colorado.” If I had a dollar for every person I know who thinks that … well, I could have used the cash to pay the termite guys. We definitely have termites in Colorado. More specifically, in my neighborhood, er, in my house. “Out of sight, out of mind.” […]

What Do You Do?

Olivia Newport greeting card art

When people ask me what I “do,” I have to resist the urge to make the kind of joke my mother would make. She would wave her hands in the air and say, “I do this,” followed by sliding her feet and saying, “then sometimes I do this.” Mom cracks people up because she goes […]