The greatest gift you get from loving someone
is loving someone.

Welcome to my site! I’m glad you’re here. If you are visiting an author’s website, then you probably enjoy reading as much as I do. Before you leave, make sure and connect with me on Goodreads so you can share some of your favorite books, and we can see the books we’re both reading now, as well as what’s on our list to read later.

Also, if you enjoy insightful quotes from authors, historians, and others, make sure and sign up to receive one of the quotes I’ve collected over the years. I send one out each Monday morning. A few of my favorites include:

It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.” –Poet Robindranath Tagore

Sharing what you have is more important than what you have.” –Albert M. Wells, Jr.

The best things in life are free. The second-best things are very, very expensive.” –Coco Chanel

Speaking of quotes, do check out my latest book, “The Owner’s Manual to Life, In Case You Missed That Day In School When They Handed It Out.” (Simple Strategies to Worry Less and Enjoy Life More) I’ve assembled one hundred quotes that have helped me and others grow personally, helped us become more understanding and accepting of others—and ourselves—and that have taught us how to live a more peaceful and gentler life. I write a two-page essay on each quote sharing tips on how we can all live more gracefully, with less stress and with more joy. As one of the sayings in the book reads: “Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” –Ruth Ann Schabacker. I hope the wisdom in this book helps make your path through life smoother and more enjoyable. (If you enjoy book clubs, and would like to hear a reading of some of the quotes, then visit my audio page.)

In addition to being an avid reader (a good day is when I can get three hours in for reading—okay, some napping, too), I’m also constantly writing and rewriting. I have several non-fiction titles in the proposal stage, and I’m finishing the developmental edit of my first novel,  The Color of Dreams. It is an inspirational and magical tale about how to make your dreams come true—with a little help from a special visitor. Check back to learn the exact release date, (scheduled now for fall 2024), upcoming events and giveaways, or, if you’ve signed up to receive a weekly quote, you’ll be notified about this exciting release and about other upcoming books and projects.

Also, if you would like to be included in the pre-release activities, would like to help spread the word through social media, etc., or would like to read an (ARC) advanced reader’s copy for review, please do reach out to me through my contact form. As they say, “It takes a village” to launch a book—and to do most other things as well. Right now, I’m actively looking for a village to help make this dream come true!

Finally, please connect with me below and email me any questions, comments, or great quotes you hear or have collected over the years. I’m always looking for new quotes. Thanks again for visiting my site, and I hope you remember to untie the ribbons of the gift this very day has for you.

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

–Anais Nin

The first recipe for happiness: Avoid too lengthy meditations on the past.

–Andre Maurois

Age will take care of your ego.

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

Roald Dahl

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