I was that weird, serious little girl with her head in  a book, the one who used words she didn’t know how to pronounce.

Then, I found writing after I left my hometown in Wyoming to go to Dartmouth College. There, I discovered I liked spending hours and hours, all by myself, rearranging words, as much as I liked spending hours and hours reading them.

Then came motherhood, which happened about ten minutes after I got to Dartmouth. Which has always, 100%, been to my advantage, even when I didn’t know it.

How I raised two children while raising myself, reclaimed my soul from the fundamentalist Christianity in which I was raised, navigated the joys and hardships of marriage, survived the terrors of divorce, and stayed true to my daydreamy book-obsessed self is my story. Books, film, television, fine arts & mental and physical health are my interests. I’m curious about everything and passionate about what inspires me. Writing about what I see, learn, and feel is the only way I know to make sense of the world!

Thank you for visiting and reading!




How to Leave a Soldier in Salon: “I can chart the entire history of my first marriage along the lines of U.S. military engagements

Go Read Jane Gardam in the Los Angeles Review of Books. “Consider that her books are old-school marvelous — the kind you can deep dive into, forsaking your cell, your kids, and most importantly, your cares for days

Love & Empire in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. “I don’t think the architects of Dartmouth’s D-Plan had taking time off to deliver a baby in mind when they came up with the leave term, but for me it worked out perfectly

Penelope Fitzgerald: an Appreciation in the Los Angeles Review of Books. “In a red-roofed bungalow shaded by giant eucalypts, I read a New Yorker profile by Joan Acocella about a writer I had never heard of, and it changed my life

How Long Should You Wait to Date in the HuffPost. “I was youthfully, even willfully idealistic and naive. It didn’t even occur to me to consider what the more traditional members of the school might make of a mother and teacher who would jump headlong into a passionate relationship

Phantom Noise in the Washington Post: BookWorld. “Before the film appeared, before Kathryn Bigelow was a household name, before the Academy Award, there was Brian Turner’s “The Hurt Locker”

Quartet in Torn: True Stories of Modern Motherhood. “I was nineteen when I became pregnant with my son. It was the spring of my freshman year at Dartmouth. I was not married, nor was I planning to be married. I had not planned to become pregnant

radio interview on The Story with Dick Gordon. “As Courtney tells Dick Gordon, divorce, especially from a soldier, is an uncomfortable topic – but if we talked more about the effects of war on families, we might better understand the costs


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Savage Ridicule

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