I’m working hard on a split time novel.

Split Time is a genre that includes a historical character and a present day one.
An object usually connects the two.

In my story, Miriam Kent is my historical figure from 1944. Emily Stroud is 2008.
A watch connects them.

Have you heard of the Flying Nightingales? I hadn’t until research brought me to these heroic women from WWII. They’re a fairly unknown group of brave souls who risked their lives to bring over 100,000 soldiers back from Normandy after D-Day. Their legacy deserves our highest commendation. Stay Tuned.

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Gifts from Heaven


My first published work is a part of this compilation.
Have you ever lost something valuable and thought you’d never find it again? Well, that’s what happened to me. I write about it in this short story.

Recommended Reading

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Tuesdays with Morrie

Indeed a bestseller that changed millions of lives. Mine included. Such wisdom within the pages of this book.

“I look back sometimes at the person I was before I rediscovered my old professor. I want to talk to that person. I want to tell him what to look out for, what mistakes to avoid…to pay attention when your loved ones are speaking, as if it were the last time you might hear them.”

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A Grief Observed

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid…at other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says.”

CS Lewis was gifted a brilliant way with words. By far, my favorite author.

He understood grief. Lived with it starting at the young age of ten when his mother died. The loss shaped his life much like it does when we lose someone. This book is a great resource for those in the midst of grief.

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The Last Lecture

A powerful read about the kind of legacy you want to leave.

Interesting how a book finds you. I was at the bookstore (no surprise there) browsing. I picked this one up and flipped through the pages, landing on page 151. The Lost Art of Thank you Notes line sucked me in.

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. And despite my love of efficiency, I think that thank-you notes are best done the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper.”

Amen to that! I turned back to the beginning and read, “What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?”

I bought the book.

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Susan Branch

I define Susan Branch as a modern day Beatrix Potter. She is an artist and writer who lives on Martha’s Vineyard.

That photo on my home page? Hers. She granted me permission to use it!

Sometimes all you have to do is ask, which you should entirely do. Absolutely.

You will find her to be so very charming. So will this book.

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Robin Jones Gunn

Robin has over 100 books in print.

She’s an amazing author who I have been privileged to meet and correspond. Of course, this particular book happens to be one of my favorites.