Are you aging like the prairie?

Subtle color in a mature prairie.

As I walk my prairie this year, I'm struck by how it's maturing. I was aware that flowers predominate in a newly established prairie while grasses take over in later years. This year, I'm seeing that reality. The contrast between new and mature … [Continue reading]

How do you hold on to first-time awe?

She lost her first tooth!

My granddaughter started kindergarten this past week. When she told her dad about her first day in school, she could barely contain herself. "Guess what? We played in the gym!" "Guess what? We had music class!" "Guess what? I met new … [Continue reading]

Peppers – vegetable or fruit?

Vegetables of fruits?

There are NO vegetables. Everything we call a vegetable is actually a fruit. So said the host of the TV show On The Spot this past weekend. What? I'm a farm kid. I grew up around agriculture and spent most of my professional career in public … [Continue reading]

A prairie reminder: Patience

Six years ago, I prepared the soil and sowed the seeds for a native Iowa prairie. The seed mix I chose from Ion Exchange contained 37 different varieties of prairie wildflowers and grasses. I was so eager for my new prairie to take root and grow, I … [Continue reading]

The value of a blog tour?

Running

While I was running fast on the ground to launch my historical novel Go Away Home in Iowa, I was also zipping through cyberspace on a virtual book tour that included 15 blog visits. In the course of the tour, I participated in two author interviews, … [Continue reading]

Feeling the love – Making the most of local book launch events

Connecting with friends at a launch party for "Go Away Home"

As I prepared for the launch of my historical novel Go Away Home, I wondered how much the world had changed. Since publishing my memoir as a paperback in 2008, ebooks have proliferated, social media connects the world. Would local launches even be … [Continue reading]

What is Go Away Home about? Readers weigh in.

One of my college professors spent much of a semester dissecting T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I must admit, I left the classroom on most days shaking my head in dismay. I saw NONE of what the professor talked … [Continue reading]

Networking to promote online? Six tips

My Go Away Home virtual tour continues with a stop at Closed The Cover where I'm sharing networking tips for online book promotion. Special thanks to Ashley LaMar for inviting me to share these thoughts. Since I'm learning something new every day, … [Continue reading]

What were your growing up lessons?

"Tuck in your shirt or you look look like a bum." That's a lesson my husband learned from his mom. "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." That's something my mother taught me. We all carry life lessons we learned as we were … [Continue reading]

Go Away Home – Blog Tour

I'm thrilled to announce the participants in a blog tour for Go Away Home taking place from July 8 - July 25, 2014. Please join me from the comfort of your own chair as I travel through cyberspace. Tuesday, July 8 - Amy Bruno at Passages to the … [Continue reading]