The Writing Life

I am a writer, wife, and the mother of two lovely girls who lives in the Pacific Northwest. I love reading, cooking, yoga, animals, my family, and writing.  I've written a manuscript about women who make difficult reproductive choices, am working on a memoir of the time my husband and I spent two months in Europe with our two toddlers, and write book reviews for Elevate Difference, a feminist website.  I have also been published in BuddhaChick Life Magazine.  I hope to publish my first manuscript sometime this year and am currently agent-hunting.  My passions are women's rights, women's health, equality for all, and education.  

Spring Break's Gifts and Challenges

Spring Break. That's why it's been a while since I wrote anything. ...more

Shut Up and Cook

While I was working on a new essay for Demeter Press, I took a quick break and found...more

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou!

I have been lucky to see Maya Angelou speak a few times in my life. Three times, I have written about her on this blog. I truly believe her life is a precious gift for so many people and I wish her a very, very happy birthday ....more

This Watercolor Life

I don't compartmentalize. Anything. Ever ....more

Spring in the Northwest

Maybe it's that I have a lifetime of memories that involve rain, having spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, but I truly don't mind the grey, wet days."I hate the rain," Bubba grumbled as he pulled on his sneakers this morning and grabbed the umbrella on his way out the door for his morning walk. "I know." ...more

Of Oil and Water and the Deep Unknowing

As I walked the dog yesterday, following a particularly ill-advised exchange on Facebook regarding a vitriolic "anti-vaxxers" blog post, I struggled to tease out the strings of what bothers me so much about these kinds of interactions. ...more

I Just 'Unliked' Your Facebook Page

My (online) world is shrinking. I am doing my best to be open-minded and deliberate about it because I don't want to turn into some old curmudgeon who only listens to and reads things that reflect my point of view. ...more

"The Compassion Gap" and Other Musings

Elizabeth highlighted this op-ed on her Facebook page on Sunday and, as it is fairly short, I urge you to go read it before you continue reading this post. ...more

A Few of My Favorite Things

It is a glorious, sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest, the crocuses and daffodils are showing their gorgeous faces all over the neighborhood, and the dog had a much-needed bath yesterday for the first time in nearly nine months, so I'm feeling great! Plus, it's Friday and we have a terrific weekend of great meals, catching up with friends, and lacrosse up ahead. This salad...more