Tag Archives: travel

Listen to Your Mother – video release!!!

14 Jul

So while I’m frantically revising picture book manuscripts to take to Highlights Summer Camp


Fake picture of me….



The Real Me

 Listen To Your Mother released the 2016 videos from shows in 41 cities. As promised, here’s my piece in the San Francisco Show! It was a privilege and an honor to be on stage with such amazing women. Cheers!

Not Just for Poets

3 Sep

“Halloooooooo!” says Tigger!

I’ve brought in a Caterpillar D-10

to move my email around after hiring a Caterpillar 797F off-road truck to haul it to my office.

My husband and son under the wheel of the Caterpillar truck hired to bring my email to my office

My husband and son under the           12,000 lb. wheel

Each wheel, attached to the axle with 47 nuts torqued to 2300 lb.-ft. each, costs $250,000.

Why, oh why, did I ever go on holiday?! Surely not just to visit the Caterpillar Museum in Peoria, Illinois?

No! We went on holiday to capsize a 19 foot Interlake sailboat in the 64 degree F waters of Muscungus Bay, Maine during an around the island boat race:

Ashore at Bremen Long Island in Muscungus Bay

BLI Race 2013 057

Captain and Crew – My husband and I are standing on rocks behind the boats after we swam (pulling the boat with the boys on top) ashore.

There IS a reason they call this sailboat a “lake” boat. It’s wicked fast in light winds but knocks over easily in gusts above 20 knots (especially if your young crew is intent on pulling aboard seaweed and squishing it all over themselves instead of manning the jib sheet). I had been soaked from the waist down since we buried the rail earlier in the race so I was suffering from a touch of hypothermia by the time we got to shore (half an hour) and were “rescued” by the race committee boat. The boys were warm, singing and dancing on the foredeck after their initial dousing. My husband has a little more insulation than I. He was fine.

I did read a few good books while away. I just reviewed The Artful Edit by Susan Bell over at Dogpatch Writers Collective.

But now I want to share with you another:

book cover

I’ve known about this book for years, but I had never read it. From the start:

“You’ll never be a poet [or fiction writer] until you realize that everything I say today and this quarter is wrong.”

I fell in love. I’ve underlined many phrases in this book, but the one that rings truest for me is this:

“I believe that it is only in periods when you can transcend your competitive instincts that you can write. A sound analogy could be made with hitting a baseball. If you concentrate on beating a particular pitcher, your chances of hitting him [meaning hitting one of his pitches] are not as good as they are if you can ignore him until he disappears and you can concentrate on the ball. “

Many, many other lovely quotes in this book. Some of the “advice” is helpful, most all of it is entertaining. The Triggering Town is a slim volume that can help your writing practice, or at least give you bellies of warm laughs–something to consider when you’ve got hypothermia.

So folks, I’m now doing to make my editor and other writers disappear as I concentrate on my work.

I’m Off!

27 Jun

Dear Presserheads (what do you think of this newly-coined term?),

Thanks to friends who are taking care of our place and our living greenery, on Saturday morning our family is boldly going where thousands of tourists have gone before. Continue reading


22 May

A hard-learned lesson: One can never show enough appreciation for the thoughtfulness of others.

An easy lesson: It feels good to be appreciated.

So when What’s it All About and Other Stories nominated me for a “Tell Me About Yourself” Award, it was easy to feel the love. Thank you! for thinking enough of my blog and comments to show your appreciation. I am sincerely grateful.

I don’t know if I’m allowed to say “Back at Ya!” to What’s it All About and Other Stories, but I really enjoy reading your posts about your process. So often we agonize in solitude. It’s good to know there are others in the lifeboat with you.

5 Things About Me:

1) I’ve been to every continent except Antarctica. The farthest north? Lofoten Islands inside the arctic circle in Norway during summer’s midnight sun.

Henningsvær in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: Frithjof Fure

The farthest south? Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand.

My favorite place? The Okavango Delta/Kalahari

File:Thap okavango delta.JPG

2) I grew up on a family farm in the heartland of the United States, so I’ve fed bottles to baby lambs and calves in 20 degrees below zero (F) temperatures in February and hoed weeds out of soybean fields in 100 degree (F) heat.


3) My home had few books, so I often wandered to my aunt’s house that was “decorated” with overflowing bookshelves and piles of books on the floors.

4) To avoid doing chores on Saturday mornings, I would hide with a book in one of our barns in the hay loft, surrounded by a litter of purring cats/kittens. If it was raining, we’d all go to sleep listening to the soft drone on the tar paper roof.


5) I have all of the belly casts from each month of my pregnancy mounted on the wall above my writing desk. They remind me that each moment is pregnant with possibility. 😮

And now it’s my turn to show appreciation. I am uncomfortable with “chain letters,” so please don’t feel obligated to “pay it forward” unless you feel inspired.

I’d like to nominate:

The amalgam of writers at http://cecileswriters.wordpress.com and theliteraryman 

Laurel Leigh, a fabulous teacher/writer/open mic MC at Village Books (in Fairhaven, WA) who spearheaded the first annual Chuckanut Writers Conference

Andrew Shattuck McBride, an equally fabulous poet in the Pacific Northwest 

Thank you for enlarging my community of writers!

%d bloggers like this: