Book and essays

Thank you very much for visiting! Below is an announcement about my memoir and several published essays that either became part of or have been drawn from this book. For more of my recent writing, please see my blog

Coming in spring 2019 business card -- The Same Moon, a memoir, coming in 2019

My memoir, The Same Moon, is scheduled to be published in spring 2019 by TouchPoint Press!

It’s the story of a young woman from Minnesota who tries to put her life on hold by running off to Japan for a couple of years. (As you might imagine, it didn’t exactly work.)

Sometimes you have to run far, far away to find your way home.

Thank you to Guzmán Barquín on Unsplash for the amazing moon photo (above) and to the insightful Jenna Buescher-Hill for creating the beautiful mood board (below).

mood boards-JBH


Summer FlingThe Light, Fall 2014 (pp. 16-17)
Sometimes a small leap of faith can reorient an entire life.

Love on the LineMemoir Journal, Issue 12, 2013
This is a story of how love finds us again and again — and often not in the places, people or ways we expect.

Zithering AwayCha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue 18, September 2012
They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and I would add that loneliness does too. It leads some of us to play music … and join unlikely communities.

Snow Angels, The Font: A Literary Journal for Language Teachers, September 2013
This essay on visiting Japanese elementary schools is part of my book-length memoir about two years I spent in rural Japan.

Digging Up BonesSouth Dakota Review, 2003
I never imagined how a dinosaur could touch me until I joined a group of bone hunters on a South Dakota hillside.

A Quiet Drama in Japanese SkiesThe Christian Science Monitor, February 15, 1996
I thought fireflies were fireflies … until I encountered them in Yamaguchi, Japan.


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