What’s in a Name?

When I’m writing, there’s always a reason for the names I choose.  Even place names.  Paxton is the name of the town where Hildemara and Trip end up.  Paxton was the name of the street in Oakland where my parents lived as a young married couple.  The street is long gone, bull-dozed and under a …

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The Drive for Education

The drive for Education In the beginning of Her Mother’s Hope, Marta’s father tells her education is wasted on girls.  This came from my grandmother’s story.  She was taken out of school before high school and put to work.  What she made was used to pay tuition for her brother.  She wrote “I wanted to …

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Family Tragedies

Marta has one brother and one sister, Elise, living under the same roof with her.  She and Elise are opposite in personality, but love one another deeply.  Elise brings a tragic element to the story, and what happens to her is the cause of Marta’s determination to toughen her own daughter, Hildemara. I was an …

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Shabah

We had to put our German Shepherd down yesterday.  Shabah (“ghost” in Arabic) had lost 16 pound over the last few months and had displasia.  He could hardly hold himself up.  He was walking on the tops of his back feet and often crossed his legs and couldn’t untangle them.  Some evenings, I would follow …

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Bible Study and Cookies

Twenty-five years ago, Rick and I opened our home to a Bible study.  It started deviously with my desire to get my husband to church.  After watching the inner workings of a large denominational church in Southern California where we lived for seven years, Rick wanted no part of another.  I figured the only way …

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On Being American

Rick and I just returned from a wonderful week in Washington, D.C. and Virginia with our daughter, Shannon, and our two eldest grandchildren.  Both are studying American history, and this seemed the perfect time to make the trip east.  We visited Memorials and Monuments.  We honored those who died for our freedom in World War …

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4/1/2010

Rick and I are traveling with our daughter, Shannon, and our two oldest grandchildren.   Rick’s passion is American history, and we both believe it is crucial for our children to be proud of our country and the great experiment our founders presented to the world: a government of the people, by the people and for …

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The Great State of Texas

Rick and I had four wonderful days in the Great State of Texas.  So many friendly people!   I had the blessing of signing books with Beth Moore.   She is exactly how I imagined:  warm, open, bright, funny and gorgeous.   If you haven’t read her new book, So Long Insecurity, run out and get it.  It’s …

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Traveling with Mom

Next week Rick and I are taking our daughter, Shannon and her two kids to Washington, DC, and I can hardly wait. Getting ready to go has brought back memories of traveling with my mom and dad.  Both wanted me and my brother to see the country – which meant every National Park they could …

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