Grand Marais, MN Photo by Jewel

Heart of a Writer is place where I will share inspirational and lifestyle tips, helpful and fun anecdotes on family and raising children, and my experiences and lessons as a grandmother (Gram Gram). It is my hope that Heart of a Writer will help pick you up as you journey through life.



As far back as I can remember, I’ve created peaceful spaces in my home and yard where I would shift gears from my busy job and take care of my mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Spending time with family is what I love doing most, followed by my love of writing, relaxing in a garden or hiking wooded trails. My first memories of writing poetry and short stories goes back to when I was 12 or 13 years old; my childhood best friend, Connie, and I would write stories and share them with each other. We would often hike to a small hill not far from her home and read our stories outloud. I would also find myself inspired by the world around me and write poems about what I saw and experienced.  I am also a self-taught gardener, birder and surround myself with blossoms and songbirds year round….even during the cold Minnesota winters thanks to nature CDs or my bird sound app. I am a Christian and make it a point to start my day with devotional readings or something inspirational. My prayer life is important to me as well as my church community.  


I must confess, there have been times in my life when I’ve stumbled away from a healthy, reflective lifestyle, but I always bounce back even stronger and further committed to my purpose. Perhaps you can relate. Several years ago, I was going through a very hectic time in my life and realized I had abandoned the quiet moments of mental and emotional escape which I often gifted myself. During those gifted moments my mind and body would relax and rejuvenate. No matter how hectic life is around me, I try to grant myself those mini vacations of renewal—most of the time succeeding. Fortunately, it’s never hard for me to bounce back because of my determination and commitment to my family, Jesus Christ, and emotional and physical health. How many of you can relate to what I’ve written? How many of you feel that you don’t have permission to allow yourself this much-needed time to decompress. I will tell you right now—you DO! You have permission and it is essential that you take care of yourself, spend time with God and family, and take care of the world around you. Heart of a Writer isn’t about one subject. You are invited to indulge in my writings, and the tips I share, as you discover those quiet moments that touch your soul and senses.

May the Peace of Jesus be in your heart, mind and soul!

~~ Jewel