How does one nutshell a life?

I ask myself this whenever I’m assigned the requisite bio. Last year’s pic has changed. A year from now, most likely, I’ll be rewriting it once again. Maybe from Iceland. Or Nevada. Who knows?

Usually, though, I stay put. For 25 years, my veterinarian husband and I have lived on a bench of land we call Goose Ridge, on a farm a friend dubbed Three Setters. It’s rolling ground that overlooks Washington’s snow-capped Cascade Range, forests, stream-fed ponds and stretching acres of pasture. Gordon setters Lucy, Mamba and Rosebud, a small herd of Wagyu cows and calves, and the very best of friends keep us company. Seasons unfurl here in a grand show. Creation speaks daily.

Our son and daughter have left home for opposite coasts. Consequently, we’re up in the air a lot. Literally. Kids and grandkids we adore can get us onto planes we’d never board otherwise.

We’re thankful. Unless we forget to be. Even then, God carries us.

I have worked as both a nature and personal growth columnist for WomenOfFaith.com and have written two non-fiction books, The View from Goose Ridge (Thomas Nelson, 2001) and Children At Promise: 9 Principles to Help Kids Thrive in an At Risk World (Jossey-Bass, 2003, with Dr. Tim Stuart). I’ve also written prose and poetry for various publications, including Upper Room Disciplines. I taught high school English and family psychology for years, ran a small business and have a master’s degree in English.

These days I lead a discussion group for Bible Study Fellowship, hike, knit, garden, and spend free hours writing. My harmonica playing can’t go in that list yet, but I’m learning. My first novel is now in the hands of potential agents.

I’m glad you’re here.