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The Big Tree at Island Grove, Potawatomi Trail of Death

One emotional moment for me was stopping by the Big Tree at Island Grove, Illinois. We stretched our arms around that huge tree—it took six people to span the trunk, We looked up into that mighty tree, and prayed by it. Some even climbed up into the tree, nestling in its protective arms. It gave […]

Indigenous People’s Day–Remembering the Wisdom of the Elders

Yes, today is Indigenous People’s Day, so meaningful to me after my recent experience, following the Potawatomi Commemorative Trail of Death. It was such a blessing, hearing the stories of Potawatomi elders, Robert Pearl and George Godfrey. as they shared the wisdom of our people in so many ways. Here is Robert Pearl blessing the […]

Potawatomi Trail of Death Caravan, A Family Memory to Treasure

One of the most personally moving parts of the my recent journey, participating in the Commemorative Trail of Death Caravan occurred right after we left the ceremony at the Menominee statue. Close by is one of the historical highway signs, marking the route the Potawatomi took on their journey. The logo on this sign was […]

Two-Moon Journey, Making a Debut!

It’s happening, it’s really happening. My dear and precious book will be in the bookstores very soon. And I truly believe, if you read it, you will love it, or at least, you will find a part of your deep self touched and changed by the time the book ends.            […]

Two Moon Journey, Coming Soon!

This is an exciting year, writing-wise.  My historical fiction book, TWO MOON JOURNEY, is now under contract with IHS (Indiana Historical Society) Press, and will be coming out within the next year. I will keep you posted about this, a book that is dear to my heart. In the meantime, I continue to take great […]

Writing in the San Juans: A New Start

Here I am in Friday Harbor, with 5 of my favorite friends: Judy Bodmer,Nancy White Carlstrom, Katherine Grace Bond, Janet Lee Carey, and Dawn Knight. Together we are mighty: the Diviners Writing Group. Each week on Tuesdays, we meet for an afternoon of reading and critiquing each other’s work. We laugh together, cry together, and turn […]

Soaring with The Eagles

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a blog, though many of you have been following my adventures in Alaska via Facebook. I just arrived home from this amazing trip Thursday night, and my mind and heart are still filled with vast and startling images of Denali and Kenai Peninsula. My overall favorite […]

Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

Christmas music is playing, it’s cold and gray outside, and I am untangling Christmas lights. But my heart is still in Hawaii. So hard to believe a week ago today, I was standing barefoot in the sand on Wailea Beach in Maui, surveying a three-foot tall sand castle just completed by my grandkids Josh and […]

Summer of the Family

Okay, I know this is heresy, but I am not writing this summer.This is my Summer of the Family.In exactly nine days, my beloved son Michael, his wife Christiane, and my almost year-old granddaughter Cecilia will arrive from Berlin, Germany to spend 5 weeks here with me in our home. While they are here, my […]