Hi! I'm glad you're here. I read cross genre but I write in only two categories: spiritual non-fiction and women's fiction.
My women's fiction is about a Twin Cities millennialist with a bi-racial family and her East Prussian great-Tante, a WWII refugee. As young adults, the two women each deal with violence against a family member and the subsequent hushing up of what happened to their loved one--and the effect of this on their family and on their souls.
My first published book, Disturbing Complacency: Preparing for Christmas, contains daily devotions for the season of Advent. I'm at work now on daily devotions for November (or May for the Southern Hemisphere). I love November's neutral palette, its barren and blustery days. But some people experience difficulty transitioning from autumn's vibrant beauty to winter's cold austerity. I want a book of encouragement and thanksgiving during dark days.
Under Other Writings, you'll find more articles, essays, and flash fictions published. Not to famous acclaim, but as baby steps for my author journey.
I'm a pastor, serving an open and affirming, biracial United Church of Christ alongside an African American pastor. I have grown children who live nearby. At the moment! I enjoy going for walks, flower gardening, and playing board games when the kids both happen to be here. Time is short. And precious.
The picture above is the Mississippi River. My spirit feels most at home in this river valley. Known as the Driftless Area, melting glacial waters carved the valley and the bluffs. Its many moods and seasons stimulate and soothe my soul.
A Scottish Life
But, my heart also yearns for another place.
Iona is a wee bright jewel of an island off Scotland's west coast. For two years, I lived and worked at the Abbey for the Iona Community, greeting international guests each week. And it's an amazing journey to get there:
- from Glasgow, ride a train or bus into the Highlands
- from the coastal village of Oban, sail on the big ferry
- from Craignure on the Isle of Mull, catch a coach for the 45-minute ride on a one-track road
- to the wee village of Fionnphort (fin-ne-furt) where you make your way to the small foot ferry for the 10-minute ride to Iona.
Other journeys, far-flung and nearby:
Across the pond, I explored Scotland--Nethybridge and Blair Atholl, Glasgow and Edinburgh; England--York and Keswick (kez ik), Fountains Abbey and Chatsworth House (of Pride and Prejudice film fame); Northern Ireland--Belfast, Carrickfergus, the Giant's Causeway, and the Corrymeela Community; and for New Years, I visited a co-worker's home in Berlin, Germany to watch the fireworks.
Back Stateside, I've visited a friend in Toronto, traveling with her to Ottawa for the Berlin friend's wedding. In 2014, I returned to Scotland and traveled with a Shape-Note singing friend to Holmfirth, York, Durham, and stayed with other friends in Bunessan.
Through church, I traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina and I spent 10 days at the Institute for Intercultural Studies & Research in San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico.
In the U.S., I traveled through mostly the Midwest (HUGE extended family) States. But my kids and I also
- flew to Maine to visit a college-days friend in immunology research at Bar Harbor Island,
- rode Amtrak train to Washington and toured Seattle, Redmond, Port Townsend, Whidbey Island, Olympic National Park, and Ocean Shores,
- drove to Colorado to visit family in Colorado Springs, check out Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, then drove to Durango to visit a friend and explore Mesa Verde National Park,
- visited Wisconsin's Apostle Islands during a wet autumn
- attended a summer workshop on Washington Island
Did I mention I like islands?