The Dating Dock Illustrations

Author, Dee Aspin, hired me to create black and white pen illustrations depicting a dating journey on a kayak or speedboat. The journey ranges from fun, adventurous, or confusing and scary. Personal stories are included, and its purpose is to give hope. The book is targeted for those in their twenties or thirties who may…

The Dating Dock Launch

#dating2019 #singlelife #Christian Author, Dee Aspin, asked me to illustrate her book, The Dating Dock, A Journey of the Heart. I think Christian singles—college students and even older adults will find this information helpful about boundaries and self-care. My goal is for the illustrations to engage readers with a light-hearted touch.  Divorced, after twenty-three years of…

Another Badge

At the recent book launch of Inspire Kindness, I learned of a badge for contributors—Inspire Christian Writers. The group was awarded one of the Top Fifteen International Christian Writer’s Resources. Inspire sent a call out for articles and I chose to try. I am honored they accepted and posted three of my articles on their…

Anthology—Chills

#Anthology #chill #mothers #shortstories My story, Chills, depicts a humdrum day in the life of two young mothers. Breaking up the monotony of pre-school days, they go to a local park for a picnic with their four young children. It is a warm, late spring day but one mother has persistent chills. Why? What unfolds usually…

Bittersweet Christmas

#angelsmile #WINGS #christmascovered My favorite holiday, my favorite season. I love everything about it, especially since it’s Jesus’ birthday celebration. When my kids were young, I always baked Him a birthday cake. Mourning influences my thoughts and mood this Christmas. Not just because the cake is now a gluten-free, and sugar-free pie or cookie. Mom is…

Book Launch & Badges

Someone propped open double glass doors, and a registration table greeted us inside the auditorium. A sign-in sheet, name tags, brochure, and bulletins with a space for notes lay in organized stacks. I scanned the room for familiar faces, waved at a few folks I knew, and found a round table with my critique group…

Hat Lady

#hats #beauty #stylish Visions of swimming in the pond, tadpoles, and trail rides filled my daydreams as I rode the bus home from school. One more week, and it was time for summer vacation. The bus hit a pothole and my head knocked against the window. “Ow!” I leaned away from it and bumped into…

Kindness Anthology

#KindnessMatters #kindness #stranded Does anyone dislike kindness? It’s a virtue—some call it “considerate” and others call it being “nice” when you think of others and their needs. The Kindness anthology book launch is on December 8th! My story, Stranded, depicts a young twenty-something woman stranded at an oversees’ airport. In the 1980s, payphones were the…

Veteran’s Day 2018

#SaluteToService #WWII #VeteransDay Dad told a few stories of his time in the Army Air-core during WWII. His assignment involved aircraft. From what I’ve heard, many of those servicemen were eager to return to civilian life, not be the hero. I’ll write a few of his stories in the future. Four of my uncles also…

Persistent Heart

#balloons #pets #Alzheimers One day, we decided Mom’s pet balloon-heart needed to go in the trash heap. After eight months, the heart’s helium had gone and left it deflated. Mom reminisced about her favorite balloon antics. “Heart drifted over me and touched my face with her ribbon. Remember when she hid behind my bed? I’d…