Did you ever have a special place where you liked to hang out? A place to which you could retreat when you needed to be alone and think or pray? Perhaps it was an attic or basement or other quiet room. Perhaps a garden seat or the hidden mossy spot under a weeping willow.
My special places have always been outdoors. When I was quite young, I would climb under the blue spruce in our yard or lie on the grass next to the dogwood tree. When I got a bit older, I walked over the tiny hill in our backyard to a little hidden nook of ferns and wildflowers guarded by Douglas fir and maples. And finally, when my parents judged me old enough, I ventured out into The Rightaway, our name for the acres of woods that were part of the railroad right-of-way behind our house and which have now been preserved as part of the Springwater Corridor. There I birdwatched and learned the names of the flowers. I explored the trails, looked for tadpoles in the pond, learned to avoid the nettles and poison oak, and always rejoiced in the first trillium of spring.
Books were, and are, my second doorway to special and secret places. I discovered so many special worlds through books, whether it was the mysteries of Nancy Drew, the adventures of the Black Stallion, or later, the “What if?” dreams of Ray Bradbury and the fantasy lands of J.R.R. Tolkien.
From a young age, I aspired to become a writer. Although that dream became sidetracked for a time as I raised and homeschooled my sons, writing has always been so much a part of me that it had to rise up again. While homeschooling, I began writing and selling personal experience articles and articles about homeschooling. Later I wrote Sunday school curriculum and was honored to have the opportunity to write devotionals for Pathways to God. I became active in Oregon Christian Writers, where I gained instruction and inspiration, as well as moral support. And now I have actually had my first children’s middle grade novel published. Picture Imperfect from Whitespark Publishing is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets. And I am working on future middle grade books.
I welcome you to my website. Within this site I would like to share some of the directions my writing has gone, some homeschooling ideas, and a little fun as our new kitten, Fiona, presents her thoughts. May you find a little help and a smile or two. Thanks for dropping by!
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