• All About Family

    Hi All, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. This year I had a portion of my family join me in my little home in Sacramento, California. It was fun to decorate, cook and get into the coziness of the coming winter. The weather was perfect for outdoor activities, getting to around 65ºF during the day with sun all…

  • 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! …

  • Adventures in Publishing

    Hi All, Due to the hurricanes that have been ravishing the US (and beyond), I didn’t receive my copies of “The Jade Serpent” until a few days ago.  When they finally arrived I found that the spine was blank. Oh No! After investigation I discovered I needed 3 more pages in my book for it to have the title and…

  • 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…

  • Happy New Year!

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

  • 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…