Not Objects Exactly

December 5, 2016

Mouse in the House

August 15, 2016

The Hut

August 1, 2016

Dementia Prevention OR Why I Am Reading a Chemistry Book

September 26, 2017

It’s called Exploring The World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High Speed Computers, by John Hudson Tiner. It tells the story of chemistry’s development. And it’s written with the level of simplicity I need in order to (sorta) understand such complex subjects as alpha particles and spectroscopes and just why it is that inert elements have a valance of zero. Like I ever cared …

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Book Signing at Holly’s Last Stand

September 20, 2017

For those of you from my home community, I will be at Holly’s Last Stand in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, on Saturday, September 23rd, signing copies of Anything But Simple. You will find me there from 10:00 A.M. until closing time, so if you haven’t had your copy signed yet, bring it by! And if you would like to buy a copy, it will be offered at …

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JOY

September 19, 2017

What does this picture make you think of? It makes me remember one of my favorite children’s books, the one that has the repeated line, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” Anyone else love that story? This picture also makes a tiny three letter word run through my mind. Joy. Joy is my middle name, and maybe that is why the quality of joy …

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Rusk County Photo Tour

September 12, 2017

I met Liang and Sami unexpectedly while selling books at the Eau Claire Downtown Farmer’s Market. Liang, a photographer, flew his drone over the market to take pictures. When he flew over my table, the wind from his drone inadvertently knocked over all the family photos I had carefully set up for display on my table alongside the copies of Anything But Simple.  I laughed. …

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Anything But Simple: Review and Giveaway #4

September 8, 2017

“You surely aren’t a hypocrite!” someone commented to me recently, after reading my book. Thank you. “It must have taken a lot of courage to write this,” someone else said. Yes. It did. “Anything But Simple is, I think the most honest, open look at ‘the Mennonite life’ I’ve ever read.” writes Jeanette Dexter in her review of Anything But Simple. No sign here of …

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Anything But Simple: Reviews, Interview, and the 2nd and 3rd Giveaway

September 6, 2017

Blogger Bethany Eicher has recently posted a review of Anything But Simple. “To grow up Mennonite,” she writes, “is to be set apart from the world at large for life. The best way I can think of to describe this odd phenomenon is to imagine being born Russian and living in America.” Go to her blog About My Father’s Business to read more and to enter …

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I Saw Something Interesting on my Way through Labor Day

September 5, 2017

A snake sunning itself. Rocks worn smooth by water… and shaped into ripples. The way of a man with a maid. (Especially interesting when the man happens to be my little brother.) My mom snapping photos… …and the hunched, arm-swinging posture of rock walkers. Last but not least, I enjoyed the interesting sight of a guy from my church trying parasailing for the first time. …

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From the Mouths of Nieces

August 29, 2017

This morning I woke up to one of my favorite sounds in the world: little girl voices. Well, mostly little girl voices. MacKenzie is ten now, and not so very little. Madison is seven and full of questions like: “Why are you laying the wrong way in the bed?” (Because I woke up awhile ago already, and now I’m just resting.) and “Did you have …

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Giveaway: Anything But Simple

August 25, 2017

I am happy to inform you, dear readers, that Gina Martin is hosting a giveaway of Anything But Simple on her blog, Home Joys. Head over to Home Joys sometime this week to read her review and to enter your name in the drawing for an autographed copy of your own. And stay tuned! Over the next couple of months, various bloggers will be posting …

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Everything You Didn’t Want to Know about Writing and Selling Books

August 22, 2017

One month ago, I wrote about buying 988 copies of Anything But Simple to resell. “Ask me a year from now how that’s going for me,” I said. Four weeks later, I have a report. So far, I have sold or given away 428 of those books, which leaves me a remainder of 560. I have attended five book signings in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, …

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