"Mennonite in Blue Jeans" is a humorous autobiographical account of my writing life, triggered by my reading of the popular "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress," by Rhoda Janzen, a... More > woman with whom I grew up in Fresno. It's the little dress vs. the jeans, two views of the same Mennonite community.< Less
Good Friday is a literary portrait of the Mennonite Brethren in Fresno, California in the late 20th century. The story follows the last year in the life of an elderly woman, and touches on issues of... More > the loss of identity in ethnic groups, and how youth of the third generation deal with that loss of identity and create a future for themselves.< Less
The Herb Garden is the journal that I kept from 2004-2006, some of the hardest years in my family's life together. My husband was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition. Our oldest son was... More > diagnosed with high functioning autism. And I turned to gardening and writing to keep myself together.< Less
Mennonite in blue jeans is a humorous, autobiographical account of my writing life, triggered by my reading of the popular "Mennonite in a little black dress" by Rhoda Janzen, a woman with... More > whom I grew up. It's the little dress vs. the jeans, two views of the same Mennonite community.< Less
From the age of 12 to 18 I kept a diary while my adopted brother was spiraling out of control under the influence of fetal alcohol issues and bipolar disorder. Nothing might have come of this,... More > except that I was a budding writer, and my journal entries had a certain readability and interest that I recognize now as an adult. So this is our family's story. I share it in the hope that it will give perspective and courage to others who may be going through hard times.< Less
Joanna Bach and her brother, Jeremy, discover that there is more to their old violin teacher, Mr. Kepler, than meets the eye, when they discover a Kepler family heirloom that leads them into another... More > dimension. Together with a growing assortment of neighbors and friends, they learn the truth about the old myth of a music of the spheres, and they save a tree. That's right, just a tree. Not the whole world. But you have to start somewhere!< Less
Thoreau wrote that if you endeavor to live the life you have imagined, you'll meet with success unexpected in common hours. But how do we gain the courage to do it? How do we manage to step out of... More > our safe routine and plunge over the cliff to pursue a dream?
I suppose that answer is different for each of us. Being a writer, I needed to write. This book is the story of my plunge, and writing it is what gave me the courage I needed.< Less