Although I mean well, I am an infrequent blogger at best. I do hope to reform, as there are many posts brewing in my brain these days. From school start-ups to parenting, home construction to forest certification, road kill to flosser trash, my intent is to share my thoughts here. Wish me well!

Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award

Peace Corps Worldwide, champion of Peace Corps writers, is considering Peace Corps memoirs for the Mortitz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award – 2014. To learn more about the award, or see the list of titles, visit Peace Corps Worldwide.

Author Day at the Library: This Saturday 5/17, 11-3

And the party continues! So grateful for the friends, colleagues, and family who helped us launch Heart of Palms in April.  Next up: I’ll be at Author’s Day @ the Duluth Public Library! Looking forward to meeting up with a bunch of local writers. Stop by the Green Room at... Continue reading

Weds. April 30 Reading/Signing @ The Bookstore at Fitger’s!

Wednesday, April 30 The Bookstore at Fitger’s Free public event. Wine, cheese, and other refreshments. Signing at 6:30, reading at 7:00. Children welcome. First 12 guests receive a free copy of Peace Corps in Panama: Fifty Years, Many Voices (2013). Drawing for book give-away–Heart of Palms: My Peace Corps Years... Continue reading

Palms, Pines, and People

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my own journey from palms to pines, and recently ruminated on the matter publicly as a plenary speaker at the Society for Ecological Restoration, Midwest Chapter meetings. The daily, individual activities of humans pack a collective punch. What we have wrought—climate change, hypoxia... Continue reading