Here are PDFs of some essays about those times when the personal becomes universal.  And hotlinks and PDFs to a sampling of articles and commentary on travel, gardening, audiobooks, and other oddments.



My Mother's Brain

Even the new nightgown couldn't keep her safe.  (Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest Competition, 2007).


Well-Charted Territory

What is is about maps?  (New York Times, March 9, 2003)


Learning the Language of Travel

In a world where they don't all speak your language.  (National Geographic Traveler)

Strangers in the House

When you trade houses, do they peek into your underwear drawer?  (Budget Travel, Sept 2002)

Virtual Privacy

What are the neighbors staring at?  (The American Gardener, July/Aug 2002)


When Nowhere is the Place to Be

A family that vacations together... (New York Times, April 15, 2001)

The Yield of Purple Podded Peas

What father-daughter garden talk is really about.  (Fine Gardening, Nov/Dec 2000)


Learning That Plans are Made to Be Scrapped

Just because you scheduled it doesn't mean you have to do.  (New York Times, July 16, 2000)


The Fall

Thoughts that go bump in the night.  (Writer's Digest Grand Prize winner, 1995)

Final Harvest

End of season satisfactions.  (National Gardener, Nov/Dec 1992)

Articles & Commentary


Sherlock Holmes has my heart and ears.  AudioFile Magazine, October/November 2017)

A Bountiful Harvest 

Foraging for food along the trail.  Portland Trails Blog, October 2017)


Writers on Writing

What's the link between Stephen King and Annie Lamott?  (AudioFile Magazine Blog, April 5, 2017)

Sweet Smell of Success

Organic bouquets and free-range eggs.  (Down East, July 2003)


Low Country Cruising in East Anglia

The English Broads - lakes, not women.  (New York Times, May 4, 2003)


Small Kansas Towns with a Big Impact

Driving the blue highways across southern Kansas leads to Oz.  (New York Times, Oct 13, 2002)

Master Gardeners

Hard - diagnosing tomato blight.  Harder - diagnosing someone else's tomato blight.  (Fine Gardening, July/Aug 2002)

Belgian Endive: Force Yourself Some Culinary Luxury

Endive in the closet anyone?  (Kitchen Garden, Dec/Jan 1999)

The Quilting Scraps and Stories of Erlinda Gonzales

In northern New Mexico, even your husband's old t-shirts can be repurposed.  (Piecework, March/April 1997)

Saving the Land

Locals get together to preserve rural America.  (Country Journal, November/December 1996)

Midwives Deliver

Water-baths and home delivery in Taos, New Mexico.  (Country Journal, January/February 1995)