Reflecting On A Conference

              Uplifted. Challenged. Informed. Three seemingly disconnected words to describe four days of intense personal growth at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon last week. Frank Peretti, also known as the father of Christian fiction, not only tickled our funny bones but challenged us to make our […]

Frank Peretti To Speak

Author Frank Peretti, credited by Newsweek as having the hottest novels in Christian fiction, will be the keynote speaker at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference next week in Portland, Oregon. His multiple, award-winning  stories have sold more than fifteen million copies. A natural storyteller, Frank is considered one of the biggest surprises in publishing  […]

What’s In A Reunion?

High School reunions mean different things to different people. For some, reconnecting with friends from their past is exciting, for others, the very idea sends shivers down their spines. Not every reunion is the same, either. At ten years out most are still establishing their families, building their careers, waiting for life to begin. On […]

The Countdown Ends

Emily Perl Kingsley joined the writing staff of Sesame Street in the early 1970’s and is credited with creating several stories for children. What many didn’t know was Kingsley reared a son with Down’s Syndrome. Together they wrote a book about their experience, Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome. In 1987 she touched […]

The Countdown Draws Nearer

The hero in my upcoming debut novel, Rudy Taylor, trained as an observer biologist after he graduated from college with a marine studies biology degree. The training translated into work aboard a catcher processor in the Bering Sea. Observers on the fishing boats are placed there by a government agency to ensure the catch is […]

The Countdown Continues

A Russian commander, Druzhinin, is credited for having discovered Dutch Harbor in the early 1700’s. He envisioned the natural port as a haven for ships seeking refuge from the winds of the Bering Sea. Russian fur traders followed and established a community on Unalaska in 1798. Efforts to evangelize the Aleutian people ensued and a small, Russian Orthodox chapel […]

The Countdown Is On

The story behind the story, Part 2  All laborers in and around Dutch Harbor in Unalaska, Alaska have a home base. For some, visiting their original jump-off point is low on their priorities. Many live on the fishing boats they serve and rarely see the lower forty-eight. For others, leaving the ice, snow, and the constant […]

Abba Father

This week I attended a memorial service for a young man who died too soon. He had once been a six-year-old  in the Bible club where I was a leader. I remembered him as ambitious, who always tried to have his Bible verses ready to recite each week. Now thirteen years later, he was gone. […]

Summer Anyone?

As I stood at my kitchen window this week and watched rain pelt my patio and the wind whip the trees, I struggled to remember that the summer solstice is a mere eleven days away. Dubbed the wettest Oregon spring in one hundred years, I marveled at how this season differed from last year. The […]