A World Wide Peace – 1911

As I wrote this for Veterans Day 2022, I wonder what has changed in 111 years since my Great-Grandmother Emily Hoppin wrote about World Wide Peace in 1911. Masculine energy still leans toward armed conflict, feminine energy favors home and family. Do we have the capacity to take care of our country and communities without…

Why I Love Archivists (2)

After years of researching my Yolo Pioneer and activist Great-Grandmother using online searches and old family documents, I was eager to locate primary sources. But I was not prepared for what I would find when I presented my research questions to staff at the Yolo and Niles archives and history centers. These professional archivists are…

Why I Love Archivists

After years of researching my Yolo Pioneer and activist Great-Grandmother using online searches and old family documents, I was eager to locate primary sources. But I was not prepared for what I would find when I presented my research questions to staff at the Yolo and Niles archives and history centers. These professional archivists are…

Letting Go…Moving Forward

I’m practicing letting go. It seems to be the work of my mid-70s. By nature, I’m a saver of boxes, jars, seed packets, vases, old jewelry, and family memorabilia. Some things will be easy to toss after I’m gone, but I should pass on other things now while I can do so with care.

Thought Provoking?

I received a notice that Heart Wood was a finalist for the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award’s Montaigne Medal. The significance didn’t sink in at first.  Although I had applied for several book awards, the Montaigne Medal was not one of them. As an independently published author, I didn’t have the resources of a publishing house…

Creating Historical Fiction

Note to reader: I am struck by the irony of my post Creating Historical Fiction that I planned for today. Start with the facts, I write, but if you want a richer, more powerful story, try converting your story into a fictionalized version. We’re living in a time when a president is attempting to stay…

Three Books that Shaped “the Future” in Heart Wood

I’m often asked, “what influenced your creation of a dystopic future in Heart Wood ?” Although I’ve read speculative novels by amazing authors (think Margaret Atwood), my answer is always the same: The three dystopic novels forever branded into my memory are: “Earth Abides,” “The Great Bay,” and “Feed” Each novel influenced how I wove…

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