about

I am a writer, a knitter, a beekeeper. A greedy reader of essays and memoir. An aspiring photographer. I’ve known my husband since we were eleven, but we didn’t date until our last year of college, when I chased him down because I know what I like. I love little in life more than gathering around a table to eat, drink and talk. If I like you, I will cook for you. And if I really like you, when I laugh at your jokes I will sometimes snort.

My writing has appeared in Literary Mama, Life Learning Magazine, Mothering Magazine and elsewhere, and for a few years I was a columnist for home/school/life magazine. Links to my work are here. I’ve also written a book for parents called Workshops Work! A Parent’s Guide to Facilitating Writer’s Workshops for Kids.

For twenty years, I homeschooled my three kids. I’ve written many, many posts here on the topics of homeschooling and raising creative kids, with a particular focus on helping kids love writing. If you’re interested in those posts, head over to the homeschooling tab, where I share our homeschooling story and have tried to organize my work for you.

If you wonder why the heck I call this place a Wonder Farm, the story is here.

Please talk to me! I love it when you readers leave comments. That conversation is what keeps me here. I’ve learned so much from you. Writing with a reader in mind is such an important skill for a writer, yet it can be a hard one to learn, as you sit at your desk alone, typing away. You, dear Wonder Farm readers, have written back to me from the beginning, and worked your way into my heart and thoughts so that I can’t possibly write without thinking of you. I thank you for that.

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photo by Kristin Olnes