The waters of the Verde Valley
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The waters of the Verde Valley

Although Arizona has a desert climate, much of the Verde Valley is a riparian zone with creeks such as Oak, Sycamore, Clear, Wet and Dry Beaver Creeks and even a river, The Verde.     The Verde Valley has also marshes. I used Tavasci Marsh as the setting of my second mystery, Blood in Tavasci…

Tree pioneers of the Verde Valley
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Tree pioneers of the Verde Valley

When I set out to write the Pegasus Quincy mystery series, I knew the first one, Death in Copper Town, had to take place in a mining town on the slopes of the Verde Valley. To make it realistic, I had to include the Ailanthus trees ubiquitous to that part of the Valley. Apple trees in the…

The peace of rain
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The peace of rain

It was raining when I woke this morning. Not an electricity-charged toad-strangler, but a quiet rain, a thoughtful rain. I considered not walking at all. I was cranky and stiff after a fitful night’s sleep. It had been a rough week and I still carried stress in my neck and shoulders. But I grab an…

Red Rock Fever–Falling in love all over again
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Red Rock Fever–Falling in love all over again

My father was a rock hound, so I developed my love of geology early. He’d bring home a new find and hand it to me proudly. “This is schist,” he’d announce. Or, “Take a look at this snowflake obsidian!”  His excitement was infectious, and I got excited, too. So when I moved to Sedona, I…

Circling back to the beginning: a Free Kindle mystery!
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Circling back to the beginning: a Free Kindle mystery!

About four years ago I decided to write a mystery series based on young rookie sheriff’s deputy who lived in the Verde Valley of Arizona. The Verde is a unique place, an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert, with one major river and five tributary creeks. It is on the flight path between…

Sunset in Sedona
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Sunset in Sedona

What better way to spend an afternoon than with Annie Dillard and the clouds playing peek-a-boo among the red rocks in Sedona! When I find my mind tracing the same tired circles looking for different results, sometimes a walk helps. It grounds me, literally, with each step my feet make on the earth. I find…

Snow in Sedona
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Snow in Sedona

This is one of my favorite Sedona memories. I awoke to discover a surprise snowstorm had dumped a foot of snow in Sedona! I grabbed my camera and dived outside, wanting to catch the sun on the snow. What a glorious morning!

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Perfect moments can be had

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  Leonard Nimoy

The setting of BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH
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The setting of BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH

The most frequent questions I get about the title of the second Pegasus Quincy novel are: How do you pronounce Tavasci? That one is easy: Tah-vas’-ski AND, Is Tavasci Marsh a real place? It certainly is! I’ve lived in the Verde Valley for many years, and Tavasci Marsh is one of my favorite places to…

Finding Water: The Fine Art of Persistance
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Finding Water: The Fine Art of Persistance

  My sister’s book club is reading one of Julia Cameron’s books, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond. I promised her I’d take a look at it. I did, and it is delightful. I recommend it highly! In the process, though, I came across another book by Ms. Cameron,…