December Duality

December can be an magical time. It can also be incredibly gut-wrenching. The fact that those two realities can exist together never fails to dumbfound me. Some years it’s easier. Some years it’s not. Some years it barrels through and knocks me down at the door. Some years it sneaks up behind me, whispering, bittersweet. When I was younger, I’d hear people … More December Duality

Parenting in Harmony

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”—Sitting Bull (one of the quotes on the Honor Circle in the courtyard of our new middle school) This summer I started reading a favorite series from my childhood to my daughter, the Little House books. She knew we had Native … More Parenting in Harmony

WOW! Writer’s Digest Review of The Denim Jungle

I am absolutely floored by this review of The Denim Jungle I just received from the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Awards. And it couldn’t come at a better time. Last week was the one-year anniversary of finally having my book (MY book!) in my hands, and tomorrow is the sixth anniversary of losing Sue, who inspired me … More WOW! Writer’s Digest Review of The Denim Jungle

Voting and Legacy

It blows my mind that there are currently women alive who weren’t born with the right to vote. And yet today, women in the U.S. not only have the right to vote, but there’s a woman on the ballot for the top ticket. No matter where your political affinities lie, that’s rather remarkable, don’t you … More Voting and Legacy

Creative Generosity

The world could do with a little more creative generosity, don’t you think? What do I mean by creative generosity? Giving of your imagination and creative talents for no other reason than to be happy and help make other people happy. There’s a writer who frequents our local park, gifting poems to people as writing practice … More Creative Generosity