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My Hot Dudes Coloring Book, Plus I’m Hosting a Writers Conference

This summer, on Saturday, August 13, in Silverton, Colorado, my friend and fellow writer Blair Runion and I will be hosting a writers conference. The event is called the Writers and Scribblers Literary Retreat and you can find the Facebook … Continue reading

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The Great Sand Dunes, Rocks and More Rocks, Plus Some Chaos Because Why Not

As of June 3, 2016, my husband and I have now been married for ten years. I can honestly say that my wedding day remains the happiest day of my life, a day when all of my family and friends … Continue reading

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The Aura Reader in the Closet, the Archangel Michael, and Alien Creatures in Durangolandia

Many years ago, I worked with a young woman named Meredith. This was when I was 22 and flailing around rather cluelessly. (Not like much has changed! But at least I have Actual Goals now. Beyond just survival. This is … Continue reading

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My Third Ebook — Mark of the Pterren — Is Here!!

My third novel has finally been published, and is now available as an ebook!!                 Mark of the Pterren: Book I A project I started in 2009. When I moved to Durango in … Continue reading

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Being Fully Alive Without a Bulletproof Suit

I recently learned of a woman named Iyanla Vanzant. She has a reality television series called Iyanla: Fix My Life which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The show debuted in 2012. Iyanla Vanzant gave a SuperSoul Session talk titled … Continue reading

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Jennifer Weiner, the Durango Literary Festival, and Scenes of Summer

Fiction author Jennifer Weiner is coming to Durango on Thursday, April 28, and I am excited!!!               Before this month, I’d only read one book by Jennifer Weiner, her novel In Her Shoes, which … Continue reading

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Politics, Pornography, Poetry: Some Thoughts on What It Means to Be Toxic

Like so many people, I’ve been watching the thermonuclear war that’s begun within the Republican Party with my heart in my throat. Much has been written about the large numbers of voters rallying behind the current GOP front runner — … Continue reading

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The Perfect Storm of My Failures, and Elle Woods

          I received an email from Maria’s Bookshop today, the local bookstore in Durango where my two novels have — up until this weekend — been offered for sale. The email was to inform me that … Continue reading

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The Peril of a Name

            I’ve been in a philosophical mood lately, so I’ll start today’s post by sharing a fairy tale. Because nothing is more closely bound to philosophy than a fairy tale. *** Once upon a time, … Continue reading

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Writers, Hacks, & Millions of Dollars: The Lifestyle of Party Awkward

There are writers, and then there are writers. We all know this.             And we all know that “good writers” don’t need to be our favorites. In the eyes of the audience, the quality of … Continue reading

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