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My husband, Stan, and I are still in love after 55 years of marriage


The older I get, the more I appreciate everything and everyone around me.  I truly believe that life is a gift, and enjoying every minute of it is the best thing I can do for everyone around me!  


I'm a very lucky and happy woman.  My husband, Stan, has been a patient, understanding husband and great partner.  And on March 19, 2022, we celebrated our 56th. anniversary!  We have two daughters, and four grandchildren whom we adore, and a beautiful great-grandson.  Most of my life has been spent in Sacramento, California, where we still live with our cats; Ash, Gracie and Portia, and Becca.  We also have spoiled-rotten chickens, Bernice Williams, Anna Banana, and gorgeous Lady Cluck.


My last fiction book, Her Triumph, was published in December, 2021. It's Book Four of a Historical Fiction series called the Laura's Dash Seriesinspired by my maternal grandmother. The real Laura overcame obstacles and endured hardships that I cannot even imagine facing.  She was 1/2 Cherokee Indian, born in 1903 in Indian Territory #6 (now Oklahoma) to a father who hated Indians and forced his children to deny their heritage completely.  Raised by her oldest sister from age three, .....  Oops, can't give away too much!  If you find this little taste intriguing, stay in touch. Book Two, Strive and Protect was published in June, 2019, and Book Three, Desperate Choices, was published in October, 2020. Book Four, and the last in the series, Her Triumph, was just published in December 2021.


Getting to know many wonderful people in the writing community is a huge bonus of becoming an author.  There are several great groups for writers in the Sacramento area, but my personal favorite is the NCPA, Northern California Publishers & Authors. It was my honor to serve as the President for three years, and now as Vice President for four years. 





Brady, our beautiful, sweet boy littermate to our Becca , passed away at only two years old from heart disease. We miss him, but are so grateful for the time we had together. The third littermate, Bonnie passed away in January 2023

This is Ash, our newest addition. He came to us shortly after we lost Brady, in desperate need of a forever home. We love him—even if the girl cats don't!

Gracie is my office supervisor. When she quits working each day, her favorite thing is rolling around in the bathtub waiting for belly rubs.

Portia is the absolute Queen, ruler of the household. She adores Stan, and follows him around like a dog.


Brady, Becca, & Bonnie

These three were devoted to one another from the day they came to us at eleven days old. The sisters had a very hard time when we lost Brady, and now only Becca is left. Bonnie passed away in January 2023, leaving our family broken-hearted.

Ellen was the sixth Great Dane we've had through the years, and was a true Gentle Giant. She was also a three-time model in internationally published calendars. She passed away in December of 2020, but will never be forgotten.

Our Ellen and Portia grew up together and were best friends throughout their lives. Here they are as babies. Hard to believe Ellen was ever this small! Portia mourned her buddy for a long time, and is just now getting back to her old self.


Our chickens are so much fun, and spoiled rotten. Here they are getting a special treat, mini-marshmallows. We started out with six— Bernice Williams (big white one with black edged neck and tail feathers), Lady Cluck (gray ball of feathers), Goldy Girl (white and gold), Anna Banana (white). Queen Dixie (black and gold), and Lady Marlene (different shades of brown with big rooster comb) They all came to us as "senior girls" so now we're down to just three. Stan loves their eggs, but as a vegan I just enjoy their yard and garden help and pure entertainment.

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