In Fire’s Path

In the Northwest where I live, fires are threatening forests, homes, and wildlife all around us. A popular mountain resort, complete with lodge, nearby cabins, and RV sites, is nestled among the trees and sits directly in the fire’s path. A young man I know, who works for the railroad, returned home through one of […]

Book Pick–Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz has earned a place on my favorite authors list because she writes genuine life-changing stories set in the wilderness of early Kentucky. She creates fascinating images of the existence the early settlers endured, the dangers they faced, and the courage they had to summon to survive. A Moonbow Night, is one of those […]

As Summer Wanes

The petunia blossoms have wilted. The ‘dragons have lost their snap. The paintbrush blooms of the celosia look more like dust wands from my kitchen closet than the soft, flame-shaped flowers they once were. All are signs that summer is coming to a close. Autumn waits. School bells will ring, farmers will plow their fields, […]

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 […]