Finally getting back to working on "For God or Country," a romance novel set in 1938 Berlin. It's a Christian novel that features a loyal German who is working on a top secret project and a free spirited woman who challenges his views of the world and of God.

Working on another novel now that "Truth Bender" is done to the point of submission. This one's going to be very different - romantic suspense set in Nazi Germany.


There is a lot of the history of Oregon's capitol buildings that is surprising and a bit scandalous! Learn about the fires, foibles and fights over the seat of Oregon's government at this hour long presentation from the book: "Images of America: Oregon's Capitol Buildings."

On the 75th anniversary of the current state capitol building, I'll be signing copies of my brand new book that details the rich history of Oregon's state capitol buildings. The book has many historic photographs never before published.

I will be giving a presentation on Images of America: Oregon's Capitol Buildings for the 75th anniversary of the current capitol (dedicated on Oct 1, 1938). I will also be signing books.

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The state of Oregon has had not one, not two, but three state capitol buildings. Two of them met a sudden and unexpected enddestruction by fire. William Willson, a pioneer of Salem, donated some acres from his Donation Land Claim for a state capitol. The first, built in 1855, may have been torche...
William Newby had a vision to create a place of commerce and residence for settlers to the Willamette Valley. Newby named the town after his hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee, and saw plenty of local opportunities on his land, straddling an old Native American trail along what is now Baker Stree...
The land that became the city of Newberg played a crucial role in the founding of the state of Oregon. It provided the second permanent encampment after Fort Astoria for trappers coming to the Pacific Northwest. Ewing Young came to Oregon in 1834, claiming as his own a vast stretch of land around...
Long before the city of Salem got its name, the lush valley was a favorite winter camping location for the Kalapuya tribe. Jason Lee first ventured to Oregon in 1834, at the invitation of Northwest tribes, creating a mission and a settlement here. Native Americans called it “Chemeketa.”...

I've spent almost the last two years of my life working on this book with a colleague, Art Ayre. It started as a vision of how to tell the story of Oregonians who struggled to create a state and what has happened to their descendants.

I got the idea while sitting in a meeting, listening to someone from the Oregon Progress Board talk about the state...'s benchmarks - like report cards of where we've been and where we would like to be in terms of livability.

I started collecting stories of people who came here when Oregon was young. I wanted to know what they did for work and how they survived. I spent many days traveling around the state, sitting in kitchens and living rooms, pulling out old photos from cardboard boxes and old stories from the recesses of the memory.

What emerged is a wonderful picture of surviving and thriving. I found that Oregon's pioneers, and those that came after, share a great deal in the struggle to survive. I learned about creativity and tenacity, about being flexible and compassionate, of holding to your ideals and your dreams, even when that meant leaving all that you loved to make a new life.

The book was accepted by Ooligan Press and comes out on April 8, 2009 in celebration of Oregon's 150 years of statehood. It should be available in bookstores all over the state.

We are so proud of how the book turned out, and that Governor Ted Kulongoski even agreed to write the forward. The cover of Oregon at Work: 1859-2009The cover of Oregon at Work: 1859-2009

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