The Paper No Longer Required

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday requiring marriage equality in all 50 states, I can throw this piece of paper away. Just in time, too, since it’s falling apart. I’ve been carrying it in my wallet for 27 years. Melissa had one as well, but after running her wallet through the washing machine… Read More


A Farm Moment: The Story Behind Barn Yarn

Creativity has a way of snowballing. Our story starts with my wife, Melissa, when she was about six years old, and became fascinated with keys—all keys. Her relatives began giving her their old keys, which Melisa kept in a little box. A month ago we found her key collection while blasting through the attic in… Read More


Behind the Book: Freak of Nature or Diversity Icon?

When Rachel Merriam, the illustrator for my beginning readers Silly Ruby and Funny Ruby, was trying to create “Ruby,” she first painted a sheep with a white face and white legs. “Looks good,” I said. But the art director wasn’t sure, so asked Rachel to paint a sheep with a black face and black legs. “Looks… Read More


A Farm Moment: Impatient Sheep

Up here in the north, by April we’re all pressing our noses against the windows, desperate to get outside. Then May arrives and everyone goes from sedentary to crazed—gardening, landscaping, mowing, biking, walking. We’re frenzied. The sheep are just as excited about spring because it means moist, tasty grass. No more dry, boring hay. Our… Read More


Behind the Book: I am NOT Taylor

When I was writing my middle grade novel, Barn Boot Blues, I decided to put my protagonist, a 12-year-old girl named Taylor, into my scariest imaginable situation: being home alone when a ewe goes into labor and needs help.  (Birthing? Not my thing. The touching of bodily fluids? Not my thing.) In the novel, Taylor… Read More


Behind the Book: Back-of-the-book Blurb

My publisher says it’s time to write the blurb for the back of my new book, explaining that I know the book better than anyone else. IMHO, that’s exactly why I’m not the one to write it, but I’ll never win that argument (heavy sigh.) So here it is. I’ve decided that in the future… Read More


Holiday Yarn Sale!

There are still a few skeins remaining from my last batch, and since the holidays are approaching, I need to clear them out so I can have my dining room table back! My web guy Steve showed me how to put a coupon in the shopping cart, so I can give everyone $2 off per… Read More


Can This Yarn Be Saved?

As I was getting ready to put my last batch of yarn up for sale online, I kept looking at one group of skeins. Thanks to a Facebook suggestion, I’d named it “Tangled Up in Blue.” It took me awhile, but I finally figured out I liked the name better than I liked the yarn!… Read More


Fall 2014 Yarn Batch!

After a crazy summer of dyeing skeins in the laundry room (with help from friends), I have a new batch of yarn to sell. Naming things, as you know, is always a challenge for me, so I got some help from my Facebook fans. Such a relief. You can find the yarns at the Rising… Read More


Yarn for Sale!

I finally finished dyeing nearly 100 skeins of yarn, so I’ve put them up for sale on our farm website. The yarn was spun by a local fiber mill, and is SO much softer than the last batch. I think I’ve finally found a mill that’s going to work. Here’s the link to my shopping… Read More