Moments Out Of Time

Moments Out Of Time is a compilation of 44 poems written over a span of 50 years.

I dedicate this book to my extended family, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, in the hope of bringing my concerns for the future into words.

Also, I wish to express my faith that poetry is one way to bring enlightened consciousness to man and
womankind …

And that the variety and beauty of the English language remain alive through writing.

A moment is the place where we live.
Time, the perception we have in the moment we are in.
Accumulation of Time, the gifts or sorrows of moments we have lived.

[published 2016]


Origins • Endings

My poems have accumulated over the last half century, yet the content and desire within them has remained much the same — to break though mind's barrier of construction, to be open to clues that life presents, to communicate and understand the world around me.
Poetry plays with words, sounds, rhythms. Poetry can intrigue, surprise, and enrich humanity.
[published 2013]


Stories of a Midwest Childhood
1930s – '40s

These stories give shape to days of a Nebraska childhood. The book reveals the growing consciousness of a girl from her 4th birthday to her 16th year. The Great Depression, drought, and World War II stamped the era with hardships. Yet a grandparents' farm before the advent of electricity and a paved road, was a place of summer enchantment for a child. With cousins, playing cowboys in the haymow, corncob dolls, and hideaway in a storm cellar. School time and friends. May baskets and family picnics. From the perspective of the 21st century, those were years of innocence.
[published 2012]


Sketches from Paraguaná, Venezuela

Half a century ago, I lived on the Peninsula of Paraguaná where the largest oil refinery in the world was situated. My husband and children and I made our home in a Quonset hut on Amuay Bay, and later, in the community of Judibana, newly created to serve workers of Creole Petroleum Corporation.

With artist friends, I often went to the fishing village of Las Piedras to draw and paint. On what I thought would be my last day (though I returned twice more to live in Venezuela), I drove to the village alone, trying to hold all that I could in memory. I longed for words to express what I had seen and felt for the land and its people.
[published 2011]


Eating the Chinese Pear

In 1931, when my father-in-law was 26 years old, he and his wife sailed to China. These stories bring together their adventures living and raising a family in Nanhsuchow at the Suzhou Mission Station. As a medical doctor, he was in charge of the small hospital during the years of Japanese occupation. In 1940, his wife and children were advised to sail to the U.S. He remained in Shanghai under "house arrest" until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and in 1942 was placed in the Pootung Prison Camp.

This book recounts those days and his return trip to China before his 90th birthday, accompanied by his son and wife (the author), and daughter and husband. Part tribute and travelogue, part remembrance and reflection.
[published 1995]