Speaking

... in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What Inspires My Writing and Speaking

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Growing up in Western Wisconsin I spent summers tracking morel mushrooms and purple vetch. With a bucket of water and a Peterson Bird Guide in my back pocket, I counted Sandhill cranes and road horseback from dawn until dusk.

A Message for You that Fosters Happiness and Wellbeing

Today, those country roads of my childhood serve as inspiration for all that I write and share with audiences. Whether it’s books, theology, food, or humor, it all begins with a sense of place and a love of the land.    Excitement, ambition, and a thousand lofty goals elevate us occasionally, but they never replace the joy of galloping through a field of alfalfa, sharing a meal with a friend, or holding the hand of someone who is alone.

 

Why this Matters

What I’ve learned is the meaning of our days lies behind the ordinary. It speaks in quiet, earthy tones not as high drama. These powerful images have a way of flavoring my writing, teaching, and inspiring others.

A Few Favorite Audiences

The audience list is pretty eclectic, including business and non-profit leaders, health care professionals, recovering communities,Image
grief and loss groups, enterprising women’s groups, and more. Topics highlight everything from inspiration and motivation to humor and healing of memories. For example:

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Renewal Center

Twin Cities Parish Nurse Ministry

SHIFTonline.org, Navigating midlife transitions

Augsburg College Conference on Mind Body Medicine

Stoneridge Equestrian, Horse crazy women