A Sparkling Vintage Life



My blog A Sparkling Vintage Life encourages women to incorporate vintage elements and “bits of the past” into a twenty-first-century life.

I also post regularly at Writing North Idaho, along with several amazing Idaho writers whom I’d love for you to meet.  Launched in September 2010, the Writing North Idaho blog is written by a group of six North Idaho writers made up of authors and freelance writers, including a copywriter and a screenwriter. Besides me, they include Mary Jane Honegger of Post Falls, Jennifer Rova of Hayden, Kathy Cooney Dobbs of Worley, Anna Goodwin of Coeur d’Alene, and Elizabeth Brinton of Worley. Oh…and we also have mysterious writer Norm de Ploom who lives somewhere up north and pops in on occasion to give us keen advice on grammar, punctuation and language trends. Our intent with Writing North Idaho is to provide a place for writers of all skill levels in the North Idaho area to connect and share their encouragement, inspiration, and knowledge about the craft of writing, the business of writing and the writing life. We also highlight writing-related events happening in the area. We post three times each week and welcome posts from guest writers.

In addition to these two blogs, I “assist” fictional character Marjorie Corrigan in writing about the 1920s at her blog, Marjorie Corrigan’s Jazz Age Journal.


I’ll share some of my nonfiction articles here, at least those of some historical interest that are available online.

Things That Made Us Go ‘Hmm’: A History of Sandpoint in 10 Objects (Sandpoint Magazine, page 74)

The Electric Glide: Could Sandpoint’s former streetcar line hold the key to our future? (published in The River Journal)

100 Years of Grit and Glory: Three local centennial celebrations (published in Sandpoint Magazine)

Dead Men Tell No Tales: But their headstones do (published in Sandpoint Magazine)


I co-authored, with my dear friend Nancy Gher, a book of local history called Hanover Harvesters: A Pictorial History of Hanover Township (Arcadia), about the Illinois community where I used to live.

Other nonfiction writing

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