Silencing Our Story Tellers

I am distressed by a recent trend in the world of writers. There seems to be a group of citizens AND writers who advocate that an author write only about what one knows. I think this originated with the idea that a writer could easily misrepresent and spread one-sided or incorrect information about a culture […]

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My favorite writing groups

I started writing seven years ago. At the time I didn’t have a clue what I was doing so I joined several writing groups and took lots and lots of workshops and classes, both in person and online. Every one of these groups and classes added to my skill base and provided support and contacts. […]


In the course of my training as an educational psychologist I studied the brain. Primarily development and learning. Later in my career, as I moved on to get my MFT license, I worked with the elderly and pursued education in the area of the aging brain. I really liked learning about the brain so much […]

That IS How I Feel

I’m working through an issue, and lucky you, I’m sharing. There is an group I belong to that meets regularly (once a week, if I go every time.) It is a large group of folks, mostly strangers, who dance and meditate together. I have made friends with some dancers, but for the most part this […]

Score of Ten

So here is another tale about my sister. Maybe it’s because I turned sixty but I keep thinking about how we were raised. My mother showered us with praise. She always told us we were the smartest, prettiest, most likely to succeed in every way. I’m not saying we didn’t get in trouble for misbehaving…and […]

Reading Around the Table

So I’m the first one to think that children on devices isn’t a good thing. As a retired educational psychologist, I feel that there are certain basic needs that children are provided through integration and interaction with other people. Reading, playing, waiting, finding something to do…there have been many articles on the impact of today’s […]


My new favorite word is “Theoretically.” (Just a note, I couldn’t spell it…had to look it up.) I use this word to escape obligation and responsibility. For example: Friend “Have you been writing a lot? Are you almost finished with another book?” My reply “Theoretically.” Translation: I have all my things out or maybe even […]

Surviving the Beta Read

You are there. With a flourish you type in that final period (or more likely correct that final spelling error). You have researched, revised, re-written and you are ready for someone to read your latest novel. This is called a “Beta Read.” Official definition according to Wikipedia (okay, not the go-to source, but this is […]

Trail Maintenance

During my recent writing road trip I spent two weeks in Bandelier National Park, where much of my latest work in progress takes place. While there I was able to watch a huge project: the maintenance of the Frey Trail which leads from the campground to the canyon. I had planned to hike this trail, […]