I am a bookish woman who loves words and has a penchant for dark chocolate sorbet. Since spelling bees in grade school, childhood Scrabble games, right up to my current addiction with Words with Friends I have been known to spell it out, to say it like it is.
Much to my surprise I have written a stack of books that continues to light my passion for the printed page. And nothing pleases me more than to share my faith through laughter and tears and to encourage others to flourish.
A former agoraphobic I never imagined the expansive plans God had in mind for me. I just wanted to make it to her neighborhood grocery store and safely home again. Instead, for the past 35 years I has been traipsing throughout the U.S. and Canada, interspersed with trips to Israel and Africa and I have even spoken at the Pentagon for the Flag Officers Bible Study. I have spoken to millions of women (and men) offering spiritual and emotional hope.
I have written books in several genres including devotional, fiction, children’s, and gift offerings. I am one of the founding speakers at Women of Faith and trains people for the platform through my Shaking Your Tree coaching Program.
My latest passion is helping people shake loose the stories from their own lives to use in communicating more personally, effectively, and memorably, whether from a stage, a board meeting, a Sunday School Class, or over the back fence with a neighbor. We were designed to invest in each other, sharing our stories are one way to do that.
PERSONAL AND FAMILY
I recently moved from my home state of Michigan to Tennessee and confesses it fits my like a cozy pair of cowgirl boots. I delight in sharing the "Mayberry like" city of Franklin with others. My husband Les, affectionally know as the Porch Mayor, has taken over the wicker rocker where he greets friends and strangers alike with an invitation “to sit a spell.” I take great delight in my spunky grandsons Justin and Noah…as well as my sons, Marty and Jason, daughter-in-law, Danya, and my highly-opinionated grand-dog Sammie.
I am the author of the best-selling books “God Uses Cracked Pots”, “Normal is Just a Setting on Your Dryer”, “Under His Wings”, “Sportin’ a ‘Tude”, “Tea with Patsy Clairmont”, “It’s About Home; Creating a Place to Cherish”, “I Love Being a Woman” and “Stepping Stones; A Garden Path”, “Mending Your Heart in a Broken World, “The Hat Box”, “The Shoe Box”, ‘I Grew Up Little’ and ‘Pillow Prayers’, ‘All Cracked Up’, ‘Dancing Bones, Living Lively in the Valley’,'I Second that Emotion’, ’Catching Fireflies’, ‘Kalediscope’ and "Stained Glass Hearts'. I also have written my first book of fiction, “Stardust on My Pillow; Stories to Sleep on and two children's books, "Tales from the Pantry" and "Sleep Sweet". My latest book is "TWIRL...a fresh spin on life".