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.
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.
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.