Book Launch at Folklore Village

A yellow school bus pulled up to Folklore Village, my favorite rural folk arts center, near Ridgeway, Wisconsin, and off piled 12 teens in shorts and flip flops, followed by three dozen parents and friends, bearing sizeable roasting pans to put on the potluck table, trunks, suitcases and odd-shaped cases …

Who Will Read My Book?

First book sold! One down, 1999 to go. All books start their life somewhere, after that date of publication, with a single book sold to an interested reader. I’m touched that a high school English teacher purchased the first copy of How to Make a Life from me – wondering …

Too Late to Be a Writer?

My writing instructor Julie Tallard Johnson said, “Better late than never — better to finish my novel by age 60 than not at all.” We cannot come late to this table of writers. Our whole life has prepared us. Compare a memoir at 20 and at 70 years of age. …

Bazaar in Turkmenistan

What I admired and learned most about in Turkmenistan is the patience, dignity, and intelligence of the Turkmen people. They are wise in politics, and have a deep love for family. This love gives them patience to wait for better times. There are 5 million Turkmen in Turkmenistan. Another one …