I have a soft spot for black cats. So when it came time to hire a Halloween-buddy for my client Morty, there was no contest. The interview went something like this: Thank you… Continue reading

Soup Season

The Autumnal Equinox arrived in a gentle rain last night here in southeastern Montana. It’s the start of soup season, and I love the time I spend in the kitchen cubing and dicing… Continue reading

When the Wind Blows…

I have a friend who loves the wind. She grew up in western North Dakota. While I was holed up in the farmhouse during prairie gales, poring over the illustrations in The Wizard… Continue reading

A China Story

My sister and I had a few doll dishes. They would hold several dandelion stems or a handful of wrinkled toadstools—enough, anyway, for us to imagine we were dining in a fancy restaurant,… Continue reading

Pass the Peas, Please!

There are two things I miss about living in north-central Montana: fresh-caught trout and garden peas. Though I love having an extra two weeks on the end of fall and an extra two… Continue reading

When Your Best Isn’t (Yet) Good Enough

I’ve been here before. I’m near the end of a long project, my Teeny-Tiny ABC book. The art has gone fairly well, but I know in my heart I can do better. This… Continue reading

“John Thompson”

I just finished a new painting based on the kids’ song “Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow,” which has been running through my head constantly these past two weeks. All this interior music… Continue reading

W is for…

Yesterday, I skimmed through “w” in the dictionary and found “weaving.” That word immediately paired itself up with “wheat” in my head and pulled me back to the 1970’s when people in my… Continue reading

R is for…

When I was around seven, my dad adopted a baby raccoon. He and a neighbor had been hauling bales from a straw stack, and found a nest of little ones. It was the… Continue reading


  I’m officially over winter. I’m also over the hump with this new series, the “Teeny-Tiny ABC’s.” The “Teeny-Tiny” hump is literally M-shaped. It feels wonderful to be working a few letters on… Continue reading