Thursday, March 28

Thank You . . . Love and Hugs

I've known for a long time I needed to have the courage to move on. This will be my last post here. Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been so very kind and supportive. I treasure your friendship and count you as great blessings in my life. I will always be grateful for all I've learned about myself and you during our time together.

I truly hope our paths cross again someday . . .

I'm embarking on a new adventure. If you'd like to keep in touch, please visit me on my website for updates.

Much love,


Thursday, February 14

Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen

Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen is now available on Amazon as an Ebook!
The hardbound version will be out September, 2013. If you're a blogger or children's book reviewer, please contact me for a review copy.

Friday, January 4

My Word for 2013: Gratitude

Wondering what the next twelve months hold makes my heart beat faster. Both joy and fear simmer just beneath my skin. Faith whispers hoped for goodness and peace. In my head, and on paper, ideas for new projects are already taking shape. Possibilities dot the horizon with promise. 
Yet reality is jumping up and down, vying for my attention.

Read more here.

Friday, December 21

Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen

I'm honored to have been asked to illustrate
a very special picture book dedicated
to the children of Sandy Hook.

Love, Hugs, and Hope: 
When Scary Things Happen

will be published by Familius.

Thursday, November 22

Sweet Memories

click on photo for story . . . 

Tuesday, November 20

Monday, November 19

Wednesday, November 14

Friday, November 9

Today there are snow covered vistas outside my window, a reminder winter is trying to set up residence. This year will soon come to a close.

Next year will bring the release of my first full-length non-fiction book A YEAR'S JOURNEY. And in March 2014 my non-fiction book FLIGHT PLAN will be released. Both publication dates seem a long way off, but I'm happy to have the time to finish up THE GRATITUDE JOURNAL PROJECT and a couple of middle grade novels.

Time to start thinking about the Thanksgiving menu . . .

Monday, August 6

My 14 year old daughter, Maggie, is a concert pianist who is organizing a fundraising concert to help aid in the restoration of the Christensen Academy of Music and Dance in Brigham City, Utah. 
Tickets are now on sale for the event

Dreams: Remembrance and Hope

which will be held August 18, 2012 at Academy Square, 
60 North Main, Brigham City, Utah. 

From 5-7 there will be an open house and a food court. 
The concert, from 7-9, will feature actor/singer 
Marvin Payne 
as well as many local performers. 
A silent auction will be held during intermission. 

For more information about the event or to buy tickets online, please visit:

Tuesday, June 12

Thanks . . . and Happy Birthday, Anne

Spring came late to my heart this year.

After cold, darkened winter days, my optimism usually begins to simmer in January. Hope breaks through any lingering clouds in February. By early March the last ice crystals of doubt have melted away.

This year was different.

Over the course of last fall and a too long winter, my family became engaged in a battle. A clash over values, perceptions, and beliefs, the turf war unfolded right in our backyard. We were trying to live our lives as usual, but life as we know it may never be the same.

My family is not perfect by any means, nor do we claim to be. But we're trying to do our best to live our lives the way we perceive we should.

So are those on the opposing side of the conflict.

We first met them in our driveway. They were making a drug deal right under our security lights. Within days, our house was broken into. Two more break-ins occurred within coming weeks. Hastily installed security cameras revealed our yard as a major thoroughfare for crime. Law enforcement surveillance revealed a shocking number of people were involved. Cynical phone calls, cyber stalkers, and twisted emails were proffered as calling cards to greet us each day.

A coldness, deeper than the season, settled into me.

By March, my soul brimming with negativism, I realized I needed to tip the scales back the other way.

I started a gratitude journal.

I discovered that the seemingly simple act of finding and focusing on one good thing each day can yield a bounty of goodwill. In my soul, the sun once again began to shine bright.

I am achingly grateful that there are more good, honest people in the world than those who choose otherwise. I sincerely appreciate their hope, optimism, and kindness, and their determination to light the way for those navigating darkness.

Today, Anne Frank would have been 83 years old.

Her words continue to reach beyond the circumstances of her tragic death to guide and inspire us: “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”

Thank you, Anne. And Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, May 29

Sunday, April 22

“The first time
someone shows you
who they are,
believe them.”
 ― Maya Angelou
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