Writing is a process through which we discover ourselves. I like to point this out to my students. They often have the idea that they can’t put a word on paper unless they know what they have to say, so I try to help them understand that only prevents them from making new discoveries.
I am a lover and seeker of truth, and I write because that’s how I make discoveries, and it’s how I my discoveries with others.
I returned to the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado after spending more than twenty years in the Pacific Northwest. I had gotten caught up in a life that led me away from who I truly am. I made some terrible choices, betrayed people who cared for me, and lost everything I thought was important. I’m not proud of the things I’ve done, but I am grateful that I had a chance to face my mistakes, do what I could to correct them, and then walk away from them.
I write a lot about horses because they have been an important part of my journey to discover myself. When I was at my lowest point, a good friend took me to a riding stable for some informal “equine therapy.” A few days later I returned and paid for a private riding lesson. As soon as I climbed in the saddle, I realized I had taken a wrong turn somewhere and that it was time to come home.
Now, besides writing myself, I teach writing courses at Adams State University. I also work with a horse rescue, and we are beginning where we bring veterans together with the horses so they can help heal each other.