This is the rock crystal and pearl vase that Eleanor gave Louis when they were married in 1137 A.D. This is the only surviving object from Eleanor's life. Photograph by author.

Here I am at about age three learning to read.



Here I am visiting the grave of Jenny Leigh, the subject of my first book. She is buried on the Snake River in eastern Idaho. When possible, I like to visit the areas I'm writing about.

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This is me at age 15, in the middle, with two of my best "buds." I was already writing (terrible poetry) and getting rejection letters from publishers!

I'm four years of age, sharing some fun time with my little brother, Robert, at a Christmas party. My brother is now a fourth-grade teacher in southern California, as well as a sailing captain.