The Ethics of Proposing to More Than One Person! You'd never consider proposing marriage to more than one person at a time. However. In literary circles, it's the norm to propose a book idea to multiple agents at a time. At first, that seemed illogical to...

  I'm Proposing! Yes, it's official. I'm in my second ever relationship and have decided, "It's a GO! Let's Get This Thing Done!" What the heck? Right? When my first book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village came out with Autumn House Press, I didn't need...

I've been making handmade journals--Books by Jill--for about a year, giving them for gifts, using them myself. I love making them! After a day of writing and a brain that's really tired, I relax by doing handwork. Since I love making them so much,...

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...

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...

Everybody said, "You'll love Twitter." They said, "Facebook is history." They said, "Get with it." Well, I would just like to say this: They were right. I joined Twitter three weeks ago, as a trial. Just to check it out. I found out that I like it....

I've gone to one writing conference, retreat, or workshop every year for the past ten years. There are many reasons why and this past week, at the Pittsburgh 2015 Creative Nonfiction Writing Conference, I was reminded of many of the great reasons to attend a writing...

The night was full of just about everything: Snakes, explorers, Snorkeling ballerinas, princesses, pipe smoking pirates, bowler hats, glamorous black feather boas, Okapi Pets, Passport games, and friends both young and not so young. Here's a preview of the photos. To look at ALL of the...

It's a challenge to condense a 200 page book into a one and a half minute video. I've been working on converting old 8mm film into digital format and I also scanned nine hundred thousand documents. (Rare, old, and hysterical) I found a bright yellow...