Category Archives: Writing

Promising Beginnings Writers’ Contest 2015 Finalist

Great news! I submitted two entries to Kathy Ide’s 2015 “Promising Beginnings” Christian Writers’ Contest and I’m a Finalist! Thank you, Kathy Ide, for evaluating my submissions and for inviting unpublished authors to compete for a full scholarship to the Mount Hermon Writers’ Conference. … Continue reading

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James Island – Sentinel of the San Juan Islands

Standing guard at the entrance to the San Juan Islands, south of Thatcher Pass, is James Island. For several years, we confused James Island with Jones Island, another marine state park near Deer Harbor on Orcas Island unless we consulted a … Continue reading

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ACFW First Impressions 2015 Historical Romance Winner

I’m honored to win the historical romance category in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s First Impressions 2015 contest for the second time. A special thank you to Mary Hamilton and Peggy Wirgau for their friendship, prayers, and valuable critiques. And … Continue reading

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ACFW First Impressions 2015 Finalist

I’m excited to be a finalist in American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions Contest in the historical romance genre. I’ve received lots of help from my critique partners, Mary Hamilton and Peggy Wirgau, and my writing friends in ACFW and My Book Therapy. Thank … Continue reading

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Burrows Island – A Lighthouse-Saving Mission

Threading our way through Deception Pass at slack tide and motoring north past Anacortes, WA, I was surprised to glance up and find an historic light station perched on the southwest corner of Burrows Island. From Skyline Marina, I can … Continue reading

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Allan Island – Two Talented Owners

Exiting Deception Pass aboard a 16-foot Safeboat, we skirted Allan Island on a day trip to circumnavigate Fidalgo Island, home of Anacortes. This small town with its several marinas is known as the “gateway” to the San Juan Islands. Burrows … Continue reading

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Jones Island – A Favorite of Campers

One of the best things about the San Juan Islands are the number of marine state parks that can be visited by marine craft, self-propelled or driven by an inboard/outboard engine. The island is remote enough to keep the less … Continue reading

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Center Island – Oysters Anyone?

“You have a cabin?” I asked our remedial reading assistant in the school district where I taught grades K-5. She replied, “On Center Island in Lopez Sound.” Being the informed sailor I am, I needed to consult one of our … Continue reading

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Bell Island – A Fairy-Tale Paradise

Curiosity is my middle name. A few years ago, Bell Island, an approximately four-square-mile island located in Wasp Passage sprouted a new timber-framed “castle” on its south shore. Its appearance prompted me to imagine what it’d be like to live … Continue reading

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Johns Island – Home of Camp Nor’wester

We sped across Spieden Channel from Roche Harbor in our inflatable, eager to hike the trail to Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island. Warm sunshine and calm wind beckoned us across the smooth water. Above the roar of the Suzuki … Continue reading

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