What Sam wanted…

As any of you who know me personally know, Sam was one of my greatest cheerleaders of my writing. Sam (along with his dad and brothers) always believed that I would be published at some point. He always said that once I either got an agent, or a publishing contract, we would go out to dinner as a family and that everyone would order what they want. This was a big deal, since when you are a child in a big family, you spend a lot of time being told to order the cheapest option.

When my first novel was published, we went out for a family dinner, just as Sam had wanted. We ordered what we wanted, we laughed, we cried a bit, we reminisced, and we honored Sam and his belief in us. Then we took a photo of the four of us with that novel.

This past weekend we went out to celebrate the upcoming publication of Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude. We went to this amazing local Asian restaurant, and had a fabulous dinner. We didn’t each order what we wanted, instead the boys told me to order for everyone. Many courses later, we were full, happy, and had enjoyed an evening of love, laughter, memories, and joy.

By the time we were done, the restaurant was full, and the sun had set. We weren’t able to get a family photo with the book like we had done before, but when we got home, we took a picture of the book with my fortune.



Sam always believed. Sam always looked for opportunities to spend time with family and friends, and he loved a good meal. So we did what Sam wanted us to do, and I know he is proud of us for doing it.

How do I get one?

Several people have asked lately how they can get a copy of Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude. The book will officially release in e-book form on February 5th, and will be officially released in paperback form on May 21st. Having said that, signed copies are available now directly through me.

If you are local (Addison/Rutland/Chittenden Counties), either use the contact form on this site, or Facebook messenger to send me a note, and we can connect in person so you can pick up a copy.

If you are not local, you can order them directly through the “BOOKSTORE” tab on this site — and they usually ship out (via priority mail) in a couple days.

What is love?

Happy 2019 to all of you! I hope this year brings you health, joy, light, love and peace.

As I started this year, I thought a lot about what love is — I know, I know. I think about love a lot…

Love is getting up every morning and making the bed for your partner. Love is getting the wood stove going as soon as possible so your family is warm. Love is cutting, splitting and stacking firewood so your family will be warm next winter. Love is dragging the splitter to another house to split wood. Love is reading a romance novel because you love the author. Love is fixing the dryer so that clothes don’t snag. Love is carrying Fluffy 2 to the coop just because she likes to be held. Love is making another handrail, even when the original was brilliant. Love is putting up with snoring. Love is picking up the phone charger and bringing it downstairs every single day. Love is all those seemingly little things that together make life grand.

How do you show love?