Wordsmith - Storyteller


I write heartfelt stories of love, faith, and struggle, that evoke tears and laughter. The characters are kindred spirits that you'll embrace as if you've found a piece of your soul that speaks. Join me on a journey you won't want to end.

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Rhubarb Queen, Colossal Carnivore & Miss Manners

              Excerpts are taken from the Moon Lake Town Times Newspaper.   The morning headlines. Sightings and Satire Congratulations to Ingrid Soren, the new Moon Lake Rhubarb Queen! At the sassy age of 72, she beat out other rhubarb enthusiasts. The contestants were judged on their creativity in the […]

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Where Beauty Lies

              I learned something about beauty this week. Perhaps I should more accurately say, our “self-perception” of beauty. The image we hold of ourselves is often cruel and distorted. I believe the image others hold of us, may hold more truth. This understanding was revealed to me by two […]

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French Brioche

French Brioche From food2fork.com Original recipe makes 1 -2 pound loaf Ingredients: 1/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 3 eggs 2 egg yolks 3/4 cup butter, softened 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast 1 egg white 2 tablespoons water Directions: Place the first seven ingredients […]

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Hoarding Treasure

                  My dog of questionable intelligence is a hoarder. If there were a TV reality show about animals that hoard, she would be the star. (She already has the diva attitude for the job!)The itty, bitty pint sized pooch is wrecking such havoc. Our precious family pet…all […]

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Babies, Dirt, and Poverty

              Excerpts are taken from the Moon Lake Town Times Newspaper. The morning headlines…. Sightings and Satire Congratulations to Moon Lake longtime resident Dorthea Svenson, who is thrilled to announce the birth of her eighteenth grandchild! She now holds the title of having more grandchildren than any other living […]

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You’re An Animal

We are all from the animal kingdom. I’m not talking about the argument of Creationism versus Evolution. On the contrary, I’m talking about comparisons to the animals we resemble in characteristics and physical stride. While enduring exercise class, I noticed similarities between the people in my class and certain animals. I believe the best way […]

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Caramel-Glazed Apple Bread

Caramel-Glazed Apple Bread

Caramel-Glazed Apple Bread from Betty Crocker Bread: 1 ½ cup shredded peeled baking apples (2 large) 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ cup buttermilk ½ cup vegetable oil 4 eggs, lightly beaten 3 cups All Purpose Flour ½ cup chopped pecans 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground […]

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The Secret of Early Morning

              Quietness is something I love, I seek, and I most definitely treasure! The problem, however, is that I live in the real world, in a house of males, so quietness is rare, and that feeling of total serenity is only imitated when I pop a brownie in my […]

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Lost, Love, and Tutus

                Excerpts are taken from the Moon Lake Town Times Newspaper. The morning headlines…. Sightings and Satire Jon Jorgenson has lost his dark green fishing jacket. He says that he’s worn it every time he’s been out on the boat for the last twenty years and it’s become […]

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Imaginary Friends Aren’t Bad

My dog has an imaginary friend. In talking to other dog owners, I’ve learned that this is unusual. Her hallucinations make her unique. She’s a Yorkie-Poo ~ that’s supposed to be intelligent, but I believe that’s personal opinion rather than fact. Her favorite thing to do is bolt to the closet in our bedroom where […]

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Keepin’ on with Peggy Sue

              I’ve done something I swore I would never do. I caved in on a personal conviction that this evil thing would never gain my support. I succumbed to peer pressure in joining a group at which I’ve always booed and hissed. I’ve swallowed my pride in publicly making […]

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French Country Bread

Fresh Country Bread

French Country Bread From food2fork.com Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast 1 cup warm water 1 1/2 cups bread flour 2 teaspoons active dry yeast 2 cups warm water 1 cup whole wheat flour 3 cups bread flour 2 teaspoons salt Directions: 1.  The night before baking the bread prepare this starter: In a medium […]

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Jesus Loved Carbs

I’m tired of being told how bad bread is for you. I’m sick of hearing how I should eliminate it from my diet. I’m fed up with the guilt over eating it. Bread has been the essence of nourishment for thousands of years. It’s sacred to people globally, marking the distinction between starvation and survival, […]

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Dogs in Heat, Bad Hair, and Dirty Diapers

The morning headlines…. Sightings and Satire RETRACTION: We apologize for yesterday’s announcement on Mrs. Kara Jones’ pregnancy. We regret to say it was an embarrassing error based on a miscalculated observation that she quickly corrected us on. It did however result in an invitation from the local Weight Watchers chapter.   Be on the lookout […]

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Waking Up From Hibernation

The people of Moon Lake are waking up from winter hibernation. Not physically like bears, but they still must shake off that feeling of being burrowed away for so many months. Emerging from the cozy comfort of your dwelling into the new season takes adjustment. The bright sunshine causes one to squint like a mole […]

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Death Eater Vs. Mary Beth

I was outside at 5:30 am with my little dog that has a little bladder and discovered something about humankind. It’s a pretty big accomplishment at that hour. I don’t think such compelling insight like this typically occurs for other people, while wearing pajamas and standing at the end of your driveway, holding a dog […]

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Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Rosemary Bread Image

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread From A Hint of Honey.com (Food Journal-5/2011) INGREDIENTS: 1 cup warm water (100-110 F) 1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar 2 tsp. active dry yeast 1 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped (or 2 tsp. dried) 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning (or pinch of each ground garlic, dried oregano, and dried basil) […]

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Betty Boop’s “Pizzazz” Fizzles Mine

Twice a week, I take one of my sons to a speech therapy appointment where we check in with the same front desk receptionist every time. After going so often, I have had the opportunity to study the person sitting behind the check-in desk and have gotten to know little snippets about her life. She […]

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Welcome to Moon Lake

Moon Lake

Dear Friend, Welcome to Moon Lake, a small town replete with charm and good intentions, where life is a kaleidoscope and each person is unique…. just like everyone else.  I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest creation: the fictional town and world of Moon Lake. Tucked away in the beautiful North Woods of Minnesota, […]

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