A new essay of mine is up at MindBodyGreen today! It was first published in an anthology, The Magic of Memoir, and was over 3,000 words. MindBodyGreen asked me to edit it down to 1,200 words - a little less than half. And I was happy to...

My favorite podcasts for writers this year include two newbies onto the scene. Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast is a great addition to the writing podcast scene.  Poets and Writers is one of my favorite magazines and this podcast lets me hear directly from their editors....

Dutch people eat chocolate sprinkles. For breakfast. On bread with butter. For lunch. On crackers with butter. For snacks. Sprinkles seems to be a national eating pastime. In Dutch, this food group is called Hagelslag, which roughly translates something like hail blow, but is commonly called...

Biking Holland One of the things I love most about visiting the Netherlands is going on a bike ride. Biking Holland is such a pleasure. Just thinking about it, makes me smile. There are a lot of reasons why. Here are just a few. Bikes Galore You don't...

"If you chase two rabbits, you won't catch either one." I found this old proverb in the terrific book The One Thing by Gary Keller. It changed the way I was thinking. It changed the way I am living, so now, I'm chasing the rabbit. (Here's a FUN book...

I Love Holland! Going to the Netherlands isn't exactly visiting a foreign country and it isn't exactly going home. It is both foreign and familiar. I'm sure part of it is that my husband was born and raised in The Netherlands. He was twenty-five years old...

  When a writing prompt changed everything. Last night, at my writing club, we used this prompt: Imagine looking at childhood pictures of your antagonist. What details stand out that make you empathize with him or her?  1. I thought of this picture I'm knee deep writing my next book,...

The Zambezi Floodplain separates the towns of Kalabo and Mongu. When I lived in Kalabo, it was an eight or ten hour canoe or 4-wheel drive trip to get from one to the other. This week I got an email saying, "HEY! Have you seen the...

This week I taught a class on Living an International Life. It came about like this. A couple years ago, I did an AW story on Beth Ekre: 2009 N.D. Teacher of the Year. A few months ago, a met Beth unexpectedly and she invited me to...

Last night I attended the Concordia National Book Awards. hosted by John Ydstie, National Public Radio. As I was walking out the door, my son's friend said, "Not what I would like going to!" The boys had an evening of woodworking on the lathe and Dremmel in...