A Taxing Opportunity

February has opened its sleepy eyes and stretched, playing the role of leader as we head through winter to spring. As in flowers, birdsong, and taxes. Taxes? Yes. I’ve been busy gathering my receipts this week, preparing to meet with my tax consultant soon. Though this is not a job I relish, it has to […]

Playing Possum

This tale started with a stray cat and a man who can’t abide any animal going hungry. When a ragged old tom looking like a cross between a barn owl and a raccoon appeared on our doorstep, my husband’s answer to the cat’s problems was feed it. Which means the cat stuck around for more. […]

Skin Color

This week our nation will pause and honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights activist who was assassinated in 1968.  The day commemorates his birthday and remembers his work trying to move the nation closer to a unified racial front. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I wasn’t exposed to the […]

That Voice

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the ones I mean. The day begins with a snafu that you want to fix, but attempts to do so lead to more delays and roadblocks. Followed by more snafus, delays, and roadblocks. I had one of those this week. I pay the bills for […]

Returning the Favor

This week I had the privilege of gifting a copy of my second novel, Love Calls Her Home, to a person who had contributed personal insights into the foster parenting system, information  I incorporated into the novel. The facts I gained from her I used to track the journey of the young boy in the […]

2019–Friend or Foe

Like many of you, I can’t believe another year is upon us. Within a handful of days, 2019 will utter the first wails of existence. Like a newborn baby in its mother’s arms, the new year arrives with a clean slate full of promise. Whatever events await us will unfold like a toddler learning to […]