Thanks to Willamette Writers for posting a mention of my book, Under the Influence of Tall Trees: Humorous Tales by a Pacific Northwest Writer.
My book Under the Influence of Tall Trees: Humorous Tales from a Pacific Northwest Writer is now available at As You Wish, a gift shop located at 6063 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, Oregon. I may hold a reading there in 2015, so stay tuned. The store has a Facebook page: AsYouwishpdx. Store phone: (503) 740-0881. A big thank you to store owner Betsy Robinson, for creating the community center.
“Reading your book makes me super happy. It’s funny, witty, and poignant and somehow always exactly what I need when I pick it up and read it.” — Jamie Caulley
“I really enjoyed your book. I read the whole thing twice!” — Lou Krohn
“I’m laughing out loud.” — Dani McGinty
Because Thanksgiving is near and, to me, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce, I’m posting this excerpt from my book Hooked on Antifreeze: True Tales About Loving and Leaving Alaska.
Recipe for Cranberry Sauce
Be my mom. Wait until first frost. Then, one weekend while out at Harding Lake, wander off to “check out the berries.” Under the power lines that surround the lake, find your usual patch of low-bush cranberries. Pick fast and clean. Notice how red, hard, and round the berries are, like smooth garnets, like natural rubies, like rosary beads. With each plunk, allow yourself to be carried further and further away from all that being a wife and mother means.
Back in town, freeze the berries. Then, one day when your husband returns from a grouse hunt, tell your eldest daughter to “Go downstairs and get some berries out of the freezer.” When she whines and says “Why do I have to do everything?” say, “Hurry now. Quick like a bunny. You’ll be done before you know it.”
Mix the berries with sugar and a little water in a pot. Bring to a boil until all the skins pop.