Rose Bowl Season Denied

As I approach the goal line of the editing processes of my latest book, The Dutchman and Portland’s Finest Rose, I find myself surrounded by a flood of memories.  Seventy-one years ago this fall, my father, Norm Van Brocklin, found himself caught up in the euphoria that was the magical football season of 1948. And even…

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Happy Father’s Day, Daddy One-One!

Happy Father’s Day to Daddy One-One! My mother told me she would take me to see my father play football in the Coliseum in Los Angeles when I was a little girl. And when I would see him on the field I would get excited, point at him, and say, “Daddy One-One!”  As I sit…

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Treasures Mom Left Behind

Mom, I can think of no greater gift to give you today, wherever you may be in this vast universe, than my latest book. It’s dedicated to both you and Dad, and it’s titled, The Dutchman and Portland’s Finest Rose, A Love Story Inspired by the Life of Football Legend Norm Van Brocklin. This journey has taken…

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

It’s Mother’s Day, and I’m sitting in the airport in Philadelphia by myself. It’s raining , and my flight back home to Atlanta has been delayed. Oddly, I’m not upset. I’ve heard from each of my three children who have wished me a Happy Mother’s Day, I’ve spoken to all eight of my Grands, and…

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Stub’s First Win at the U of O: The Day He Met Gloria

This morning as I was sitting down at my writing table I bought last year in honor of my mother on Mother’s Day, I gazed at the assortment of old photographs inspiring me to commence this new project. I feel as if I’m surrounded by clues, begging me—sometimes taunting me—to weave the pieces of my…

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Let The Writing Begin

May is a special time in Atlanta. The air is heavy with the sweet scent of honeysuckle, jasmine, and magnolia.  Gardens are full of color as tulips and daffodils emerge from their wintry pine beds, and the cheerful sounds of nature greet the sunrise. Mothers are honored, and I celebrate two of my four granddaughter’s…

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Fulfilled Promise

A little over a year ago I promised my dog, Obsidian Rose, Siddie for short, I would pack up the family car with her riding shotgun and head west to Bend, Oregon. I wanted to show her the new home I was building and see firsthand if she would like this new environment as much…

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Exciting News

I’m excited to report book sales are off to a good start and appreciate the support I’ve received helping raise awareness and funds for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure! I’m also excited about beginning a new journey. Who knew at age 65 that I would be venturing, yet again, out of my comfort zone! Besides writing…

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A Chapter from Afterglow: Pasta Machine

Simply a remarkable book and a beautiful love story.  I love the fact that this book was written for the author and her late husband, Bill, instead of for the “reader” (i.e. you and me).  It’s completely pure. ~ Alok Deshpande, President of SmartPath Financial     Pasta Machine I struggled to retrieve the box.…

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A Chapter From Obsidian Rose: New Connections

Obsidian Rose is a great example of how to rebuild your life after horrible things happen.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all dog lovers, all lovers, and anyone who has lost a love. ~ Jim Beach, SBA Award Winning Radio Host, McGraw-Hill and Wiley Bestselling Author   New Connections October, 2012 I marveled how easily…

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