The Shattered Swan

And look for The Crumbled Pyramid, out in Fall of 2012.


Second Book

Chilly, rainy days are excellent excuses to stay inside and write.  The Crumbled Pyramid is coming along well – as long as I can stay off this blog for a while… 🙂

Have a great day.


New Donation

The last time I was in Ica, Sergio – my husband’s nephew who has written some posts here – gave me a tour of his aunt’s house.  It was a pretty little two story house before the earthquake, but in 2010 only three rooms remained after the debris was cleared out: the front room, made of cement which serves as the bedroom, the middle room – a tent with the words “US Aid, from the American People” written on it, and the back room – adobe bricks – the kitchen with a small alcove bathroom attached.  The front room is supposed to be used as the the living room, but since the tent is not airtight and along the coastal desert of Peru it gets down to fifty degrees Fahrenheit at night with wind, it is impossible to sleep there.  Sergio’s aunt, my husband’s cousin, cried through the entire “tour” of her house.  It pains me deeply that in Ica, as in many other parts of the world that have suffered earthquakes and other natural disasters, these conditions continue even three, four and five years after the event occurred with not much hope of change. The bright spot for me is that today I sent off another donation to, an organization that goes in and teaches people in these regions how to build earthquake sustainable structures.  God Bless the people at BuildChange, and my fellow bloggers and Facebook fans who purchased The Shattered Swan (mystery novel) on Amazon and allowed me to donate.  

Have a great day,


Change The Code

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.”

Minimalism for Beginners- You Have To Find Your “Why”

You are being drawn toward living a simpler life, and have recognized the stress and mess that years of accumulation has brought you.

You know that more stuff does not = more happiness and maybe there is another way to ‘do’ life outside the lines of more, more, more, bigger, bigger, bigger that have been drawn around us.

Understanding why we do something or why we want to create a better, more minimalist life helps us see the beauty in what we’ve created. We form an appreciation for our why. Without knowing why we’re headed where we are, we cannot truly embrace the process or idea of simple living.

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Feelings after a traumatic event

Even almost 5 years later I have feelings of panic when the ground shakes.  I don’t live in a seismic zone so it can be anything from a truck rumbling by to even an imagined movement of the pedestrian bridge at the mall.  I can only imagine that it is even more horrible for people who live through subsequent earthquakes year after year.  Chile had another one yesterday and the people there not only had to deal with the immediate panic, but also had to remember the 2010 8.8 disaster.  

If you’ve been through an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, flood and would like to share your experiences please post a comment.