• Hiking Jenkinson Lake

    Hiking for me is nearly always a joy. Walking along the 8.5 mile trail that surrounds Jenkinson Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is pure pleasure.  The drive from Sacramento is only 50 minutes and the trail has an easy rolling terrain, full of shade.  Lots of places to dip your toes in the water and relax along the way…

  • 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. …

  • Painting or Cleaning?

    Decided to put off cleaning a bit longer and play with paints instead 😊. Family isn’t coming until tomorrow. Happy Turkey Day Everyone. ~ Gretchen

  • Back Up and For Sale

    Phew!  My book is once again available on Amazon!  With the addition of a few photos of myself when I re-habituated two baby Howler monkeys back into the northern rain forest of Guatemala, my book has enough pages to have info on the spine!  Oh so important.  Thanks for your patience and enjoy!  And PLEASE write a review on Amazon! …

  • Happy New Year!

    Here is to another year of getting to create worlds in our minds and share them with world!  Happy writing everyone.

  • A New Beginning…Again

    I am excited to announce that I have just accepted a teaching position at the Sacramento Country Day School.  I will be teaching humanities (combo of language arts and social studies) to 5th graders in Sacramento, California. Last month I flew out to interview – 5 hours! – and explored the extensive campus.  The school houses K – 12 with…

  • Finally!

    So happy that the US is finally seeing the right path that love is love is love.  Couldn’t be happier.

  • New Life, New School

    Grand Opening is just three days away! The Yew Wah International Education School officially opens its doors to students on September 18.  But since the campus isn’t really ready for us to occupy it, we will be hosting an activity camp at the Sheraton resort just down the road for the first two days.  Here is a rendering of what the…

  • Clean Water for Everyone!

    After half a year of opening the eyes of my third graders to the plight of people less fortunate than them, they decided it would be really great to give back some how.  I was thrilled. I introduced them to brainstorming and we came up with tons of wonderful ideas.  Then narrowing it down, they decided that clean water was…

  • Adios Dengue and Typhoid Fevers!

    So just as I was thinking I was on the mend a few weeks ago – Wham, I’m punched in the chest and thrown backwards in pain.  My miserable body-mate, Dengue fever, had not moved out.  Every joint and muscle screamed in pain. But this time I knew my body was too weak from trying to overcome this evil that…