I've always been a writer. It was my favorite activity in grammar school, and that love of words and writing never left me. I began writing as a freelancer in the late 70s, first as a regular contributor to Eugene, Oregon's weekly, the Willamette Valley Observer, and eventually for other publications: Oregon Business, the San Francisco Review of Books, the Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, and more. Eventually I made it into to national magazines before the need for a steadier income brought freelancing to a halt.
Since then I have found other ways to indulge my vice, working as an editor/writer for a Eugene travel company, a designer/ editor at Portland’s Reed College, and a writer/editor/project manager for a Corvallis design company. In partnership with my husband, Ray, I wrote and published two books, How to Plan Your Trip to Europe (a workbook) in 1995 and Tea & Bee’s Milk: Our Year in a Turkish Village in 2008. In the fall of 2013 we published Camping With the Communists: The Adventures of an American Family in the Soviet Union.
Ray died in February, 2018 after a four-year bout with Lewy body (rather like a combination of Alzheimers and Parkinsons). Searching for something to focus on I decided to publish a few pieces from my blog, and other sources. It’s now finished and available: Life in Transition: Essays and Diversions.
I currently live in Portland, Oregon, where I'm making a new life for myself, closer to family and friends, but still enjoying the beauty of Oregon's wild spaces. Life is good.