Family. Traditions. Legacy.

on November 23, 2017

One of our holiday traditions is making homemade rolls from my mom’s recipe. Years ago, when I hosted my first Thanksgiving as a young woman, she made a copy of the recipe and sent it to me. I pull it out every year on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Her scrawled notes in the margins,… Read More

Your Story

on October 19, 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot about my brand and my intention. Why do I write fiction? Why do I feel this urge to share my soul on the page? Years ago I heard Oprah speak about intention. She said she sets her intention clearly in her mind before any action, meeting, whatever. Simply put, what… Read More

What about the good men?

on October 17, 2017

​Let me start out with this. #Metoo When I was young and more attractive, I had my share of creeps. A half-dozen instances come immediately to mind. I’ll share a few, just for context. One time, at a work party, a coworker trapped me in an embrace and pressed his erection against me, declaring his affection for… Read More

River Valley

on August 16, 2017

I spent last week visiting family in southern Oregon. As I’ve shared many times, the little town I grew up in was the inspiration for my River Valley books. Each time I’m there, I’m reminded of the way the mountains and rivers are etched into my soul, like tattoos no one can see. One dip… Read More

Father’s Day

on June 18, 2017

Father’s Day, like many holidays for blended families, is complicated in our house. The girls, armed with a blackberry pie and homemade art projects, left this morning to spend the day with their biological father. Cliff and I will spend the evening with the boys making dinner (hamburgers and tater-tots) and celebrating the man that… Read More

The Trellis

on May 30, 2017

It started with a trip to Flower World on Mother’s Day to find a climbing plant for an empty pot in our yard. Three weeks later, we now have a trellis, built by my husband. This is no ordinary trellis. Not because my husband searched Pinterest for ideas and designed and built it himself, but because it represents… Read More


on May 8, 2017

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” Brene Brown You know that feeling when you’ve been away for the weekend with friends who feed your soul with their authenticity and vulnerability, and you feel seen and heard and connected? And you… Read More