I’m a compulsive story-teller, traveler, and semi-retired baby boomer (don’t hate me – I feel younger than I look). I grew up a ranchers’ kid in Northern California, but for the last eleven years I’ve been living the urban dream in Idaho. If you’ve gotta be urban, Boise’s a great place for it.
I’ve been writing for magazines for years (Range, Adventure West, Idaho, and others) on the side while working a day job administering agencies and writing, editing, and publishing newsletters for local and state governments about transportation, ag stewardship, and such.
I retired in 2021 but it turns out I was bored to tears in less than three months. So now I’ve also got a part time gig as the Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts working on voluntary private lands conservation in Idaho (especially ag lands).
I’m currently freelancing and accepting travel story assignments. And from time to time, if the muse moves I’ll even pitch a story I’m itching to write for someone. I’m just busy enough to keep my mind occupied, but always have time for traveling and story telling.
Because I love the American West with its rich heritage and traditions, it’s a primary (but not exclusive) lense I look through. The people, places, and values I grew up with here sustain and motivate me even as I reach out to understand and experience new places, people, and cultures.
Wife to Rich (the Professor), mother to Meg (the Realtor), step-mother-in-love to Erick (the Whizkid) mother-in-love to Jordan (the Blackhawk Pilot) and Karen (the Uber Girl), and proud Mama to various wonderful G-Kids here and in Alabama, life is good.
I’m passionate about family, friends, faith, horses, travel, cooking (and eating), winetasting, and finding out answers to my why questions. I write about them all.
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