I grew up in the ranch country of the Nebraska Sandhills, so rough work and the natural elements were my earliest instructors. The influence of that rugged environment, and its people, still bleeds through to my much of my writing, and continues to color my approach to life.
Over the years I’ve done everything from baling hay to bookkeeping.
As a journalist, I worked both freelance and on-staff for over a decade in California, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Most recently, I have been working within Native American communities leading equine-assisted learning activities, and methamphetamine and suicide prevention initiatives. I am a certified Mental Health First Aid Responder, and have held positions in this field as an Outreach Specialist, Curriculum Development Director and Group Facilitator.
It has been this work in addiction and suicide prevention programming using the Medicine Wheel model to health, happiness and wholeness that has inspired the creation of Crazy Happy Life products and resources.
I am also a wife, a mom of four fabulous kids, and food giver to a dozen or so chickens, and two rather arrogant cats.
I drink coffee stout enough to float a horseshoe, and go barefoot whenever possible. I prefer worn-soft T-shirts, my treasured Frye boots, and long flowy skirts— not necessarily worn together, but maybe.
I love music, movies and books—all kinds—and all things Snoopy.