Sometimes I feel like a cat, counting my lives, each one as surprising as the last.
One morning in early summer of 2020, chafing at pandemic isolation, I decided I could social distance while camping and kayaking. I headed to Lake Almanor, two hours from Reno, and three days later found a 20 year-old travel trailer permanently set up in an RV park on the lake. It was love at first sight and three weeks later, I was a summer resident. Year-round residence was made impossible by the average 10 feet of snow that falls on that beautiful lake.
By the end of the summer, I knew I didn't want to live in the city, any city, so I started searching for a winter home and chose the small mountain community of Julian in the mountains east of San Diego. Adjusting to winter in an RV tested my comfort zone but I had fallen in love with the oak woodland so it was worth the effort.
Somewhere during this upheaval, I decided to start a magazine of writings and art inspired by the natural wonders of California. One of the first wonders that I found in the RV park around me was a granary tree ... the storage places created by woodpeckers for up to 50,000 acorns. It struck me as a metaphor for what I was doing ... gathering and storing wonders ... so The Granary Tree became the title of a quarterly magazine, available online and in print format. I just published the second volume honoring the Snow Moon at the end of February.
So, here I am ... omni-curious student of life, exploring the wonders of California through writing and art.
- Sarana’s Gift, a young adult, fantasy novella
Specialty Journals:- Gratitude Miracles, the 5-minute journal that could change everything!
- Mindmapping, Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving (Berkley Books)
- Innovation Training (ASTD), with Ruth Ann Hattori
- Transformation Thinking (Berkley Books)
- Breakthrough Selling (Prentice-Hall), with Barry Farber
- Joy after the Fire, memoir (Self-Published)