Writing saved my life. When I was in college and the world came crashing down, as most of our worlds will at sometime or another, I wrote. About nothing. About everything. When it all fell apart, it was the pen that held me to the ground and brought me to my truth.
Twenty years later, I continue to swing between the companion arts of Life and Writing.
Because this simple art saved my life, I am moved to share it. I write, teach, and speak about journaling as a contemplative literary art throughout the Twin Cities, including at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as an adjunct professor in Hamline University’s Graduate School of Education. I also am an adjunct instructor in the Leadership Minor at the University of Minnesota and a 2016 recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for my second novel, Phoenix.
My writing has been featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, MPR’s Public Insight Network, Mamapedia, Minnesota Women’s Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Tinybuddha.com, as well as regularly on this website.
When I am not teaching or writing, I am playing with my two children, Oliver and Lucy, trotting in the woods with my dog Dharma, and riding bikes with my husband, Paul.
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Minnesota Transitions Charter High School, Minneapolis, MN
Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN
Blooma, Edina, MN
Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL), Minneapolis, MN
Fourteen-year-old Blue is struggling after the sudden death of his mother. He’s been hiding in his bedroom ever since, waiting. Waiting for what, he doesn’t know. It’s been a month, and he knows he can’t hide forever. When he finally walks out of his bedroom, summer break begins and he is in charge of his two-year-old brother Charlie while his dad is at work.
Blue re-emerges into life with a pen and notebook on a quest to feel “normal” again. He writes the stories of that summer, of hanging out with his clueless neighbor Topher and their gullible friend Herkie, of his conversations with his therapist Hope, and of pushing a stroller to Bob’s Java Hut where he meets Frankie, a girl who recently moved to Minneapolis with problems that may be even bigger than his. She is living a nomadic lifestyle with her alcoholic mother, clinging to the hope that this time she will stay sober and her father will come back.
As Blue and Frankie deal with their separate losses, they become inseparable through their adventures in the city. But when Frankie’s mom falls off the wagon and loses her job, Blue’s tentative peace is threatened as he worries Frankie will move away and he will lose her too.
Blue is a first-crush, coming-of-age novel complete at 44,121 words.