• Transitions of Summer

    Transitioning into summer has been very enjoyable this year in Sacramento.  The temperatures have risen but now seem to be staying mostly in the high 80s and low 90s.  Since school ended in early June I have spent much of my time working on re-creating curriculum for my 5th graders next year and teaching summer school.  But I am definitely…

  • Sacramento in Spring

    Spring in Sacramento is the perfect time to live here.  The weather has simply been divine.  Mid 70s, slight breeze, glorious sunshine with wispy clouds ever so often… Hopefully it will rain a bit more before the scortching summer heat arrives as we did not have a wet winter and everyone is worried we are going back into drought mode. …

  • The Jade Serpent

    Congratulations!

    Congratulations to Pam Curcio! Pam won “The Treasure Chest Mysteries,” book two: The Jade Serpent in my Amazon giveaway. Thank you to all who entered to win. I hope you enjoyed the holidays, surrounded by friends, family and lots of laughter. After an active, five days with family, I am happily back to writing; working on the outline of Book…

  • The Jade Serpent…Published!

    Hi Friends! I am so excited to let you know that I have just published the second book in The Treasure Chest Mysteries: “The Jade Serpent.” You can find it on Amazon in print and Kindle formats. I’d like to ask your help in spreading the word to all your friends who might be interested (or know someone who might…

  • Hope Through Action

    Hello Again. September is here and it is finally starting to cool off a bit in Sacramento!  While my issue with crazy hot weather has bothered me like a persistent fly this summer, it pales in comparison to what is happening in our world.  My heart goes out as I see devastation across our continent from raging fires to catastrophic…

  • Writing, Teaching and Traveling

    Hello Friends, The time has just flown by since I last sat down to take stock of life and share it with you.  Since February, my last post, life has been full of good stuff.  I finally finished my second book in the Treasure Chest Mysteries titled “The Jade Serpent.”  I will be announcing when you can pre-order through Amazon…

  • Six Months in Sacramento

    I have now been living in Sacramento for just over six months.  At first I wasn’t sure if this was a good move for me.  But the longer I am here, the more I am loving this place.  I do not think I have ever lived in a place where people are so nice, so happy, so open and genuinely…

  • Adventures in Writing

    Hi!  Lots has changed over the last month.  I’ve moved states, bought a house, started a new job, started coaching 3 volleyball teams, started teaching a youth creative writing class and…found a little sister – 2 months old/2 lbs – for my Oscar (cat) who lost his brother one month ago. PHEW! I am loving Sacramento.  It is not how…

  • Oregon Gardens

    A deep breath infuses my body with the rich perfumes of pine, fir, lush soil, cut grass, and blossoming plants.  Every time, it nearly knocks me over with its power.  The abundance of nature in all its glory is here in Oregon.  I love being here with my mom at her beautiful house just off the hustle and bustle of…

  • Epic Zombie Killers!

    My wonderful, sweet, and creative 6th graders just presented their Post Zombie Apocalypse Geography Plays (yes, I know that is a mouthful!).  But they were hysterical. They had to present all the concepts we learned about in our geography unit, in the format of a five minute play – theme: resettling after a zombie outbreak. Two groups chose to have…