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Happy February! Thank you for visiting! I like to think of my website as a place where land meets ocean, where ideas meet feelings, and where head meets heart. Journey with me to land’s end . . . where logic has done its best and can go no farther. Adventure with me to ocean’s beginning . . . where the heart rests in motion. Thanks for joining me on the journey!

from my heart to yours,



Where An Angel’s On a Rope

Just in time for the holidays comes Mara Purl’s latest short story “Where An Angel’s On a Rope” a Milford-Haven short story. Brace yourself for a winter adventure, and be oh so glad you’re cozy inside reading, while the protagonist of this story finds himself stuck on the side of a mountain in a sudden, encompassing snow storm!



Whose Angel Key Ring

And if you’re in the mood for a cozy story that’ll bring you in from the cold and have you seated in front of a cozy fire and a sparkling Christmas tree, enjoy Mara’s short story “Whose Angel Key Ring” a Milford-Haven story. After a sumptuous holiday dinner (recipe included) at the opulent Calvin estate in Santa Barbara, discovery the mystery of a secret key, and how it magically unlocks the past in a way that will touch your heart and might bring a tear.


Mara’s post on USA TODAY . . .
Click to read: Happy Ending ‘In Here’
American Voices with Senator Bill BradleyMara Purl Interview
American Voices with Senator Bill Bradley
SiriusXM Radio Channel 124
Link to American Voices site
American Voice Facebook page
August 11, 2013

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Mara Purl is interviewed by Senator Bill Bradley on his program American Voices. They discuss writing, e-books versus print books, living a life in the arts in today’s economy, and living not only from the head, but from the heart.

from the blog

Writer at Work, Otters at Play

So here was this cute, inventive, self-sufficient creature who was an “index species”—that is, one whose presence was a key to the ecological well-being of its own region. I was liking these furry, sweet-faced critters even more than I thought I would.

Meet my Guest Author Roger Seiler

In today’s post, I’m hosting author Roger Seiler on one of the stops along his Blog Tour. I’ve been the guest of some marvelous Blog Hosts during my own previous tours, and was delighted to be host to such an accomplished person as Roger Seiler. Enjoy!

MASTER OF ALASKAMasterOfAlaska cover

Roger Seiler’s new book is the perfect read for anyone interested in history, particularly about the storied expanse of lands and archipelagos connecting the northernmost regions of Russia and Alaska that stretch like a taught sinew between and across time and cultures.

Eons earlier, we read, Native Peoples traversed these land-water bridges to travel southward, branching into groups that became the Tribes of North America.… Read more

Paternity Test

My father let us see that love really is reciprocal. I helped him walk when he was ninety-nine, reassured him his journey made sense, made a difference, and had value greater than the gold of kings. When it came to the real paternity test, he passed with flying colors. Read more