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Hi! I'm Sally.

I write about living and writing imperfectly, in a memoir-ish, storytelling style. And I love to read, as writers do. 

I've spent (wasted) years attempting to conform to the blogosphere experts' advice for creating a blog.

I failed.

I quit.

And now I'm blogging my way. Whatever that means...

If you're keen on reading real stories that don't sell you anything in the end, then I'm happy to have you here with me.

What Does It Mean to Trust the Process*?

When you read the title, put the emphasis on trust.

Learning to not only trust the process but also to trust while immersed in the process is the thread that ties together some of the stories I have to share with you.

If you're a writer, you're familiar with the scared feeling you get when you're vulnerable with your thoughts and ideas; you know the agony of hanging in there when you don't know where your writing is leading you.

Keep going.

Trust the process.

(*Side note: I credit Tony Dungee for coining the phrase, "trust the process," and Charles Duhigg for introducing me to it in his fascinating book, "The Power of Habit.")

I hope you'll stick around. Together we will strengthen our abilities to trust that there's a bigger process going on around us; one we don't always understand.

“I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.” 
― Flannery O'Connor

What to Expect

Some Themes You'll Recognize

Learning to Trust the Process While Living and Writing Imperfectly

I write nonfiction, memoir-ish style stories that I draw from my own life with my husband and two sons on our modern-day homestead. It comes with its fair share of surprises, victories, setbacks, and lessons--many, many lessons. And it calls for a heavy dose of trust. I try to capture the more interesting (I hope you think so) moments to retell.


"Finish" is the word I chose for this year. It reminds me to focus on doing one thing at a time. Read one book at a time. (Not 5.) Finish a project before starting another. (This is hard!) Listen carefully. Pay attention. Read along as I share the tension that comes from slowing down in a fast moving world.

Moving from Memoir-ish to Memoir

I set another goal this year: write and self-publish one memoir. I'll share with you my process (because I need accountability) just in case you've been flirting with writing memoir, too. We can learn from each other. Deal?

Book Reviews 

Do you love to read? Writers are challenged to read not only for the pure pleasure of enjoying someone else's written art, but to experience new ideas, new genres, and new writing styles. This year, I set a goal to read 50 books in varying genres. You're welcome to view my book list on Goodreads.

I'll post book reviews from time-to-time.

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I write to learn, to retell, and to entertain.

When I'm not wearing my "writer's hat," I'm a wife, a mother to sons, veteran home educator, former cubicle worker, gardener, apple grower, a horse keeper, chicken wrangler, sucker for Labrador Retrievers, freelance proofreader, and lover of country living. As a natural-born generalist, I find it impossible to specialize. I believe variety is the spice of life. And that's my story. I'm sticking with it.

My husband, sons, and I broke free of the "busy" life to live on rural acreage in Northern California's Sierra-Nevada Gold Country.