Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand Four days before my husband, Dan, and I were scheduled to fly to Auckland on January 31st, the Auckland International Airport closed because of flooding. It was reported that the city received 75 percent of its usual summer rainfall in fifteen hours, resulting in flash floods. Some of those … Continue reading Avoiding Disaster in Auckland, New Zealand
Author Interview—Jann Franklin
After posting in a couple of my writer’s groups, I was overwhelmed with responses from authors asking to be interviewed on my blog. I’ve got a great line-up of talented writers and interesting books for you to get to know this year. Although I took a break from blogging during my New Zealand adventure, I’m … Continue reading Author Interview—Jann Franklin
Author Interview—Michael Black
This is a busy time of year for many people, with holiday preparations well under way. Our Christmas tree is up and the house is decorated, and I’m planning my traditional Christmas Day brunch with family—that is, the limited family that still lives in this area. Most of our family lives far away. Although cooking … Continue reading Author Interview—Michael Black
Transformed by Travel Book Event
I was thrilled to be invited to join two talented authors, Jill Hedgecock and Lucinda Jackson, at a Transformed by Travel event at Flashlight Books in Walnut Creek, California, on Saturday, November 26th. We have each written books about travel and will be talking about the impact travel adventures have had on our lives. I … Continue reading Transformed by Travel Book Event
Is August really half over? I was stunned when I saw that kids are already back in school. Where did the summer go? I’ve been having a lot of fun attending Dan’s music gigs. For those that don’t know, my husband plays bass in a rock band. Cut Loose has been playing a lot of … Continue reading Audiobook–Should I?
Writers’ Conferences—Are They Worth It?
Hyatt Regency San Francisco A couple of weeks ago I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference—for the second time. It took place at the Hyatt Regency this year, which was a great venue. I first attended this conference about five years ago when I was writing my memoir, Confessions of a Middle-Aged Runaway. Back then … Continue reading Writers’ Conferences—Are They Worth It?
Free Zoom Adventuring Presentation!
South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park I was thrilled and honored to be invited to do a Zoom presentation for the Wauconda Area Library in Illinois for their summer Adventuring series. It’s on July 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. If you’re interested in attending, please contact me through my website (email address … Continue reading Free Zoom Adventuring Presentation!
Trip Tales Cover I recently had the pleasure of working with Rose McHenry to edit her book, Trip Tales: From Family Camping to Life as a Ranger, which was just published. Not only was Rose a joy to work with, but her book is funny! She's a really gifted storyteller who makes you feel like … Continue reading Trip Tales
Back in the Travel Saddle – Hawaii
Photo Courtesy of Lon&Queta The pandemic has affected all of us, but in different ways. Besides the trauma, stress, and sadness of losing loved ones, jobs, or income or the dangers of working on the front lines, there were other aspects of the virus fallout that affected us. Some extroverts suffered from the lack of … Continue reading Back in the Travel Saddle – Hawaii
Out of the 2020 Storm
Photo courtesy of Felix Mittermeier So much has happened in the six months since I last posted here. Quite honestly, I felt buffeted by the hurricane that has been 2020. I needed an emotional sabbatical to sort out and deal with all of my feelings, not to mention everything going on in my life. More … Continue reading Out of the 2020 Storm