Scenes From My Balcony on Summer Solstice

During summer solstice, a sacred time here in Alaska when it’s light almost all night long, I sat on the balcony most of the day and night, reading and writing. I’d squished all of my socializing in the day before. Coffee with one friend, a long walk with...

The Importance of Sharing Ugly

Yesterday, I had a conversation with the Seward Library Book Group about coming clean in my memoir, or, as one member put it, telling on myself.  Referring to the times I mentioned my own flaws and frailties, being judgmental or quick tempered, that are sprinkled...

Holiday Catch-Up and NaNoWriMo

I hope your holiday season is going well. Please forgive my lack of activity. I’m gently behind on some emails and calls and blogging this month. I’ve slowed down markedly with the increasing cold and decreasing light. Sometimes, after I get home from work, I sit in a...

Smile Before It’s Over

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss Just as I was packing for my Portland book event, I got the call that a friend died. Jim was more than a friend. To my little girls, he was a hero that defended their right to safety...

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