The Holiness of a Place

Cherokee Lake. TN.

Can you see the holiness of a place beyond the “No Trespass” sign? That moment  when you knew the things unknown even to the “Video Surveillance”? Bowed your heart                         in silent gratitude because words                     [Read More...]

Mothers & Mental Illness

pregnancy2

My childhood girlfriend was institutionalized following the birth of her first-born. Here she was, ten years later, in the third-trimester of her second pregnancy, talking out of her head again. We were having one of our catch-up phone calls. She from her home in Georgia. Me from my home in Oregon. “I know what the [Read More...]

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

Tn. Book tour

I often get asked which is more difficult to write, non-fiction or fiction, which is something like asking me which one of my twin daughters was more work to raise. Those who think writing fiction requires no research don’t understand the challenge of writing good fiction.  Imagine if neurosurgeons approached brain surgery in the same [Read More...]


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