Saturday, March 11, 2017

Upcoming book signing/reading

I have been invited to participate in a local author reading session followed by Q & A and book signing for my latest release 'In Their Words - Vietnam' on March 17 at 6:30 pm at Sonora Joes coffee shop on Washington Street in Old Town Sonora.

A few of the veterans who were interviewed for this book will be on hand to sign their 'chapter' and to answer questions.

Hope to see you there!

In Their Words - Vietnam NOW AVAILABLE

The long awaited non-fiction military history book 'In Their Words - Vietnam' is now available at

In Their Words – Vietnam, is a collection of stories from those who served on the water, in the air, and on the ground in Vietnam from 1964 to 1975. Many are autobiographical, others are a collection of memories of the time they served, and one is posthumous, transcribed from letters and documents left to loved ones. These are their stories, the way they remember, the way they felt… in their words.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Life changes...

As with most everything in life, change is imminent.
Whether you roll with it or fight it, its going to happen.
I choose to roll with it:)
Due to some health reasons I have had to close my beloved Copper Gazette, an online news site for my little wonderful, energetic and amazing town.
However, I will continue to freelance for the Calaveras Enterprise and hope to spread my wings to other journalism adventures.
With only two jobs consuming less of my time than three, I hope to have time to return to my many unfinished manuscripts...especially the one that pulls at my heart the most; In Their Words, Vietnam. A collection of stories from those who were their words.

I wish you all well, and as always, happy reading!

Thursday, May 22, 2014


My apologies for not updating this page.
My career took a bit of a detour and ended up in journalism...a lot of journalism.
As a veteran advocate I have begun a column with the local newspaper titled the Veterans Corner. I will attach links to some of the articles.
I also have been active in starting a Veterans Treatment Court in my County. A relatively large undertaking that appears to be on a roll, thanks to the support of the Judge, DA, Sheriff, and the Director of Behavioral Health.
Thank you for your support of my endeavors. And as always...happy reading!

Veterans Corner: A new column for valued people

Veterans Corner: Service dogs for veterans a saving grace

Veterans Corner: Vietnam vets open doors with farrier school

For more articles visit Calaveras Enterprise and search for Veterans Corner.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Adding Photography to my repertoire

Creativity is not limited to the pen...words can also be spoken with pictures...actually volumes can be spoken with one glance at a photo.

I have collected my photography and am making gifts cards from my work.

Let me know if any of the photos tell you a story.

To view photos CLICK HERE

A few of my favorites....

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My New Years Resolution

My new years resolutions:
Touch more hearts with the written word.
Make a difference in someone's life.
Slow down...enjoy my life and appreciate what I have.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

More Stories Pounding in my Head

After an incredibly moving and passionate visit to the ocean I have even more stories crashing like waves through my head. I hope to find the time to, at the very least, put the ideas into words and create an outline of sorts.

If you write, or wish to write, visit a place that moves you, talk to a person that you admire, or simply find a quiet place to listen to your heart, then let the words flow!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Back to the pen and paper

Looking forward to the new year when I will hit the ground running once again, throwing my heart and soul into my latest work in progress, 'In Their Words - Vietnam' a collection of interviews with Vietnam Veterans. Their stories, their feelings, in their words.

Hopefully I will be able to share their words and their feelings with you by the Spring of 2014.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Your words are worthy

Just a bit from my presentation as guest speaker at the Tuolumne Writer's Retreat.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that your writing has no worth because it is not producing an income. Your words, from the heart, are more valuable than gold. Don't ever stop writing. Don't ever give up.

Treasure or trash

It never ceases to amaze me that each time I clean my desk, thats code for coffee table, I find the dreaded black binder.

"What" you ask "could be in the binder that could cause such dread?"

Why...9 unfinished manuscripts!!

Thats right..9. Everything from romance to murder mystery and some humor thrown in for good measure.

When or if I will ever finish these stories in seemingly permanent hibernation...time will only tell.  Though I did cry and laugh out loud when reading one of them. I believe I will tackle that one first. Nothing like a good emotional roller coaster ride when traveling on a literary journey:)

I will keep you posted.

As always...happy reading!

Thursday, September 27, 2012