I am a writer of poetry and short memoirs, living in Northern California with my husband of thirty-two years, Matthew, and our energetic canine, Copper; we have two grown children. I have authored two collections of poetry: New Day, New Dreams and Finding a Balance. Among other topics, I write about my experiences on raising a family, grieving through loss, finding joy in the smallest things, and my many backpacking and camping adventures.
Parallel to my passion for writing is my love for reading. Whether it is a gripping thriller or a heartwarming romance, I enjoy exploring different worlds and meeting diverse characters, drawing similarities to reality that translate into my own writing. My writing projects are sometimes serious – drawn from painful subjects and raw emotions – or they spotlight my silly side – pulled from humorous moments captured in photographs.
I am inspired to write from my love of nature and the marvelous wild world that surrounds me: the smell of the woods, the sound of a babbling brook, and the chorus of birds singing. Recent backpacking trips with my husband along the California coast and Sierra Nevada mountains have stirred up thoughts to pen about love, lost friendship, family, and the possibility that anything can happen. Hikes along the Paper Mill Creek remind me that life is fragile. From trout hatchlings to swallowtail butterflies, I marvel at how the world is interconnected and every living thing matters. I hope my readers will find a little nugget of delight, comfort, or understanding in my poetry and stories – some detail that resonates with them beyond my words.