Llano Grande is now available at Barnes and Noble and at Global Gifts in Indianapolis. There will be a book signing at Indy Reads on Mass Ave in Indianapolis on November 21.


At a recent book signing, I was asked if the mountain pictured on the back of my book was the one that is currently erupting. Yes, it is! Cotopoxi was one of the five snow-capped mountains that we could count from our house in Llano Grande on a clear day. On a recent trip back … More Cotopoxi

Upcoming events

September 12, 2015 7 PM A late summer night’s reading, Shalom Mennonite Church Indianapolis, Indiana September 18, 2015 6-8 PM Book release event, Global Gifts Nora Shopping Center, Indianapol;is, Indiana October 23 & 24, 2015 Manchester University Homecoming The book is also available for sale at One World Handicrafts  N Manchester, Indiana


Four years ago, I returned to Ecuador for the first time in 45 years. I went with a medical brigade of Timmy Global Health.I have now gone on three brigades with Purdue University students. It seems that South Quito is always cold and wet. However, the most recent trip was particularly cold and wet. But the students … More Rain

That darn rabbit

The rabbits seem determined to get to my garden before I do. Before my brother kindly helped me make this cover to keep them away from the veggies, I my frustration posted on Facebook. My friend Elizabeth in Llano Grande replied that I should eat the rabbits. We did raise and eat rabbit when we … More That darn rabbit

Corn roasting

When I think of smells that elicit feelings and memories, I think of corn roasting.  Corn was so much a part of my childhood. The people around us lived on corn (and potatoes). Pictured is a meal served to me in Llano Grande. There is corn, potatoes, fava beans, pork and cheese. At harvest time, … More Corn roasting