The Shattered Swan

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


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

How to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

If you want to live a more minimalist lifestyle to try and simplify your life I applaud your decision. You are going against the mainstream in doing this.

The mainstream says that more is better. Be busy all the time. Spend your money on useless stuff.

Those of us who enjoy minimalist living eschew this philosophy.

We want more time for ourselves and those close to us.

We know that less is more.

We may like certain items but they have meaning and purpose.

It is okay to be quiet and still.

So what is it about living a minimalist lifestyle that appeals to you?

I encourage you to examine your personal core values. Are your really ready to make some wholesale changes to your current lifestyle?

You may have to dig deep in order to do this. To let go of certain ingrained…

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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.