I love the desert silence. 

I love the desert silence. 

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. 

We currently live in Central Oregon where we enjoy hiking and camping in high desert beauty.