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 guardians and guides to our past.

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 guardians and guides to our past.

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…

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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