Save the Date: January 4, 2018. Book Launch for Book 2 of the Mage Web Series!

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Come Celebrate With Me! Mainly by Moonlight will be available for purchase. At Another  Read Through 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR January 4, 2018, 7-8 pm Here’s the back cover blurb: Murder and Magic Make Devastating Partners Molly Adair is a warrior mage. Her parents are dead and she’s just moved to Portland, Oregon to live with her grandmother. She is so totally not looking forward to starting her junior year at Grant High School. She doesn’t know anyone and even if she did, she would have nothing in common with them. Things improve immensely when she discovers that Grant is the Mage Web’s magnet school for the United States’ West Coast. She begins making new friends, both mage and normal, and attending Tesseract Academy, the Mage Web’s school at the center of the circle of time. But then, someone steals Flick, her sentient sword, from its pocket between the worlds and stabs her best friend through the heart. And Molly is everyone’s prime suspect.… Read More »

Samhain—It’s Not Just about the Ancestors

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Yes, ’tis the season of “ghosties and ghoulies and long leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night!”* My favorite time of year. The veil between the worlds is thin and spirits walk close in the night. And this year the veil has been thinner than usual and for a much longer time. True, some of thoseYes, ’tis the season of “ghosties and ghoulies and long leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night! spirits are our ancestors and well worth honoring, but most of them aren’t. So, as you are welcoming in your ancestors, it’s wise to make sure no unwanted spirits tag along. Which brings me to Samhain’s other claim to fame. It’s the Celtic New Year. A time of fresh starts and new beginnings. And before we start fresh, it’s always a good idea to clean up our act on all the levels—physical, mental, and spiritual. That’s why New Year’s Days of every culture, no matter when they occur in… Read More »

Save the Date! Workshop and Book Signing at New Renaissance Bookshop

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Come if you can! For the Workshop, the Book Signing, or just to say Hi! New Renaissance Bookshop Sunday, November 5, 2017 Workshop, 11am-1pm, Book Signing, 1pm Cost: $20, the Book Signing is free: To Register, Call 503-224-4929 “How the Tarot Major Arcana Relate to Your Life” The major arcana cards of a tarot deck tell the story of “The Hero’s Journey”, which is the basic plot of western literature and of each of our lives. Because we are all heros on our own journeys toward enlightenment. In this workshop we will follow one of the many variations of this plot through the major arcana and gain an understanding of the part each card plays in our own journey. Then I will teach you a three card spread that will show you where you are in your journey right now. This workshop will also help you understand my young adult fantasy, Forging the Blade, at a deeper level. I wrote the book as a Fool’s journey through the major arcana. Each chapter is… Read More »

FORGING THE BLADE is Now Available at New Renaissance Bookshop!!!

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When you are a self published author, and your book is available on Amazon, it is difficult to find a brick-and-mortar bookstore to carry your book. But New Renaissance, in Portland, Oregon, now has Forging the Blade  on its shelves. I know that some of you have been holding out for the opportunity to buy my book at a local bookstore, and now you can–and from one of my favorites.

Forging the Blade is now Available at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR!

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I love libraries. To me they are sacred places. Legend has it that the ancient Library of Alexandria had a sign in its main room that said: “The place for the cure of the soul.”* And so I am thrilled that there are now four copies of Forging the Blade in the Multnomah County Library. Since the sequel, Mainly by Moonlight, is set mostly at Grant High School in Portland, the library was kind enough to place one of the books in Albina Library and one in the Hollywood Library, the branches closest to Grant.  *The Greek philosopher and historian, Hecataeus of Abdera, visited Egypt in the fourth century BC and reported that the library in the tomb of Rameses II had “The place for the cure of the soul” engraved on one of its walls. The modern historian, Luciano Cánfora, says that since the library in Rameses’ tomb was never found, it never existed, and, since the wall is located in his tomb, the soul referred to is the ka of… Read More »

The Crystal-Witch of Valparaiso, Chile

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Valparaiso rises up out of its harbor into a bustling, modern port and skyscraper packed city and then up onto forty-five steep hills, each a maze of winding streets lined with colorful houses and post-colonial edifices.* It’s filled with fabulous street art. And street vendors are everywhere. The best way to navigate the city is by taking the funiculars, steep railroads with two counterbalanced cars that go up and down the hills. Valparaiso has fifteen of them, nine of which actually work. Near the top of one of these funiculars we passed a woman sitting beside a table full of copper jewelry (Chile has huge copper mines). She was one of dozens of vendors that we’d walked by that day, but something made me stop and look at her work more closely. Most of the pieces were made from fine copper wire that had been crocheted into chains and settings for crystals. It was pretty stuff, but not any prettier that the other handmade jewelry… Read More »

The Water Dragon of Los Pozones Hot Springs, Chile

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Chile’s Lake District feels a lot like the Pacific Northwest.* It’s green, rainy, full of trees and mountains and, of course, lakes. But when we looked a bit closer, we realized that those oh so familiar green slopes were covered not with Douglas Firs but with evergreen beeches, myrtles, and eucalyptus trees. And there were a few more volcanoes on the horizon than we were used to. And lots of hot springs. Termas Los Pozones, my absolute favorite, lies nestled in the hills beside the Rio Liucura, just an hour’s drive from Pucon, a scenic resort town on the shores of Lake Villarrica. Lola, Todd and Alex’s camper van, is not a rugged, all-terrain sort of vehicle, so we parked in the upper parking lot and walked down over a hundred river-rock stair steps. There are six pools lined with river-rock. The hottest one is where the steps come down and they get cooler as you go downstream. I only tested three. The first one… Read More »