August 24, 2019

Some days stay with you a lifetime. In the 2019 Late Summer issue of Mothers Always Write, you'll find my short memoir about one of those days. You'll find it here.

April 15, 2019

Please join me and other art-loving writers on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Muskegon Museum of Art. I'll read my poem "Morningtide" inspired by the painting "Footsteps in the Snow"

by American Artist Dale Nichols. The poem received an Honorable Mention in the MM...

September 27, 2018

A few years ago, eager to do research for a novel, I floated the idea of a return trip to Florence over dinner. My husband, Christopher, paused the upward momentum of his forked rigatoni and gave me a thoughtful look. “Great idea. Maybe we should celebrate our 30th wed...

April 12, 2018

If you're near Muskegon, MI, the evening of Thursday, April 19th, consider joining me at the Muskegon Museum of Art. I will read my poem "Little Lyme Regis Maiden" inspired by the MMA's painting "Study in Rose and Brown" by James McNeill Whistler. The poem received an...

April 4, 2018

 Frequently, I find myself looking for keys--to the car, the house, all the things we lock up. Of course, I've also searched for keys to good health, contentment, someone's heart. It's always a thrill, and a relief, when I finally find what I believe I've lost. Imagine...

March 7, 2018

Outside my window, a fresh layer of snow covers tree branches, flowerbeds,

the garden bench. Although beautiful, I'm ready for winter to depart. Last week, after

the slush melted, I spied daffodil tips and clumps of forget-me-nots around the base

of our baby plu...

August 3, 2017

The world is full of grit. We see it across social media, the news, it's everywhere, just like the dust that kicked up on the gravel road next to the house where I grew up. Our salvation is the abundant beauty that surrounds us. It, too, is everywhere, but sometimes we...

July 5, 2017

​After an extended holiday weekend, it's time to get back to writing. This month, I've included a line to go with an image to use as a writing warm-up. I hope it inspires a poem, flash fiction, short story, or anything else you'd like to try. If you successfully s...

May 3, 2017

On the first Wednesday of each month, I'll post an image or a written prompt for you to use as a writing warm-up.  Use the photo or written prompt to inspire a poem, flash fiction, short story, or anything else you'd like to try. If you successfully submit your piece...

April 5, 2017

On the first Wednesday of each month, I'll post an image or a written prompt for you to use as a writing warm-up.  Use the photo or written prompt to inspire a poem, flash fiction, short story, or anything else you'd like to try. If you successfully submit your piece f...

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