November 6, 2019

In "Hidden Wings" the main character, LaRae, never pictured herself painting on this beach in Mandal, Norway. When I was a child roaming the same shores, I never imagined myself painting either. During LaRae's childhood her mother trashed her art.

My mother complimented...

November 1, 2019

My mom bakes Scandinavian cookies, cakes breads and buns  and my father is a happy recipient of her sweet products. If you step into Mamma's kitchen on a cool fall day and smell the fragrance of cinnamon, cloves and ginger, chances are she is making a buttermilk spice...

October 29, 2019

Warning: do not sleep in a tent under a Norwegian goose down duvet! Why? Because in 40 degrees Fahrenheit wrapped in fall mist the duvet turns soggy...  You may wonder how do I know? 

Because I started talking up camping to my granddaughter in July b...

October 6, 2019

What bubbles beneath your surface? Do you have a song, a poem or an invention that presses against your rib cage demanding to be let out? If you are anything like me you may feel that other responsibilities crowd your schedule and the fear of wasting time on something...

September 22, 2019

Born in Brooklyn to Norwegian parents, at the age of 3 I returned with them to the rugged seashores of Norway. Steeped into a culture dating back to the Vikings, I listened to stories told by relatives and soon fabricated more to my seven younger siblings. After gettin...

September 18, 2019

 Where did you dream of going as a kid?

Raised in the thick of corn and soybean fields in rural Illinois LaRae, the main character in my novel Hidden Wings, dreamt of going to the beach. When her dream finally comes true she is an adult standing on a foreign shore in t...

August 7, 2019

These days I’m watching tangible growth happen in real time. My hands touch and palpate the changes.
“Am I there yet?” Do you ever ask yourself that question wondering whether you have achieved staying within budget or developed patience with a certain family member? (...

May 1, 2013

What holds you back? For me there were a few reasons that resembled major road blocks..

1. Technology and my lack of skill in it.

I am a baby boomer who nearly failed typing class. So for years I wrote by hand while enjoying the scratching noise of a pen on paper.

7 years...

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