New Historical Fiction: Women’s Contributions in WWII and New Twists

If you love historical fiction, there’s several new books just published or coming soon for your reading pleasure. And if you find yourself veering towards WWII-based historical fiction, you’ll be glad to know WWII era fiction is still all the rage. In these new books, we continue to learn of the huge contributions by women … More New Historical Fiction: Women’s Contributions in WWII and New Twists

Forest Bathing For Beginners – You Don’t Have to Wear Hiking Boots to Commune with Nature

You don’t have to wear hiking boots and head off to the Appalachian Trial to commune with nature. If you do, consider yourself at the “mastery” level of appreciating time in nature. Most of us are not in that category, and that’s okay. We meet nature where we are. In a new book, The Joy … More Forest Bathing For Beginners – You Don’t Have to Wear Hiking Boots to Commune with Nature

Having It All, Losing It All, and Finding Redemption

When the economy crashed in 2008, I watched the stock market tank, careers end, and fortunes lost with a sense of deja vu. I had been through it before and come out a different person. My book, Ginger’s Reckoning, was written as self-therapy for dealing my own financial crash and destroyed career. My husband and … More Having It All, Losing It All, and Finding Redemption

A “Hillbilly” Reacts to “Hillbilly Elegy”

My life as a wealthy person in Appalachia is light years away from that of poor Appalachian people living less than a mile away. Yet we do still have the same “culture” in many ways. I had hoped this book would address this culture, including the love of the land, the rich musical heritage, the pride in Cherokee heritage most of us have, and the extraordinary generosity of people in this region. … More A “Hillbilly” Reacts to “Hillbilly Elegy”

The Spirituality of Writing – Favorite Books & Authors

Many of my spiritual friends are also writers, and that’s no coincidence.  Writing and spirituality – at least on good days – are both active practices of contemporary mysticism. Like meditation, centering prayer, or lectio divina, the process of writing in your journal, crafting a story, or drafting a nonfiction essay gets in touch with … More The Spirituality of Writing – Favorite Books & Authors