Welcome! Whether you're a first-time visitor or long-time friend, I'm glad you found your way here. I'm a writer who's inspired by the people, places, culture, and history of the Midwest.
One of the best things about writing is the opportunity to share experiences with readers. The stories in my memoir and my historical novel encourage readers to recall their own growing up years and the lives of their ancestors, whether they 'grew up country' or not. Because of the stories readers share with me, I've developed a deep appreciation for the value of preserving everyday stories - the fabric of our lives and culture.
Growing Up Country, Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl
GROWING UP COUNTRY delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven—a memoir of a happy childhood growing up on a family farm in the middle of the country in the middle of the 20th Century.
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“Go out and do something, even if it’s wrong!” That was the advice my husband’s mother gave to her eleven children. While the ‘even if it’s wrong’ part leads me to imagine all sorts of disastrous outcomes in the hands and minds of children, she wasn’t wrong. We all sometimes get it wrong, which doesn’t…Read More
This is now I feel today. I’m sorry What does the future look like? For my granddaughters, my step grandsons, the children in pre-schools, the young adults in college? North Korea launches another missile. Is the target South Korea? The United States? Is it only time? Russia batters Ukraine. Kills civilians. Intentionally. Targets hospitals. Ukraine vows to fight to the end. Police…Read More