Gentle Harvey

When I drafted Feather in the Straw in 2016, the main character Claire’s husband,  Harvey was in my mind a man of a gentle nature, tall, dark, and handsome with soft grey eyes. Claire is very much the opposite of Harvey. A petite and feisty ginger, with an insatiable curiosity and a passion for animals. […]

Can a fish climb a tree?

  Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking that it is stupid- Albert Einstein On the back of my kids’ portfolios in large letters are quotes from Albert Einstein that have become our class motto. I keep several very […]


Cliques do indeed exist past high school. I am fortunate that I went to a very small high school free of cliques, as far as I remember, but as an adult I know for a fact they exist. They rear their ugly heads in  the least likely places such as homeschool groups, and other places […]

Genius and Insanity

  I am eccentric, there’s no denying that. It’s a well-known fact that creative individuals have a much higher rate of manic depression, or bipolar disorder, than does the general population. Just look at John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway for example. I could go on and on with my list of Actors, Actresses’, comedians writers, […]

My thoughts on The Glass Castle

Eagerly I await for the next few weeks to see the movie adaptation of I book that my daughter and I both read during this past bleak Winter. The movie, and book are called The Glass Castle.  The book was written in 2005, but I came across it in Barnes and Noble, and couldn’t put it down. My […]

Golden threads

Do you have a message of hope and healing that can make a difference in peoples’ lives? The stories of our lives are golden threads. Some people work on their books for years, and when they are finished even the most beautiful and heartfelt masterpieces go untold. Kept as hidden gems. It doesn’t have to […]

Inspiration fueled by… H2O?

When I began writing Feather in the Straw, I was like a caffeine dependent Collie chasing my own tail, things distracted me, and I eventually sort of gave up. When November began to draw near I began thinking about Nanowrimo ( National Novel Writing month). I felt the need to abandon but not discard the scant amount of progress I had already made […]