I Write Creative Nonfiction, Essays, and Letters.

I grew up listening to my parents’ stories from far corners of the planet. As a child in Saigon, I attended a French school but did not speak French or Vietnamese. This began my fascination with language and story. As a teen in the family business, I did more laundry than most humans do in a lifetime. This motivated me to leave home, to explore what else the world had to offer.

So, I jumped out of planes and helicopters, led soldiers, managed human resources, taught in college, and raised three children.  And, I still do a lot of laundry.

As a young mother, I relished the moments of sanity that can come from writing, which grew from a hobby into a habit. I have a particular fondness for words, music, and the power of story, especially when they make me laugh, lift my spirits, and yes, reduce me to a sniveling pool of tears.

I’ve been devouring writing of all kinds for decades; my books are dogeared, marked-up, and loved. I share the best writing I’ve come across in TreeHouseLetter. Click below to learn more.

At the piano, Photos by Christine Monet

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Be inspired by the best writing and ideas.
Become a better reader and a better writer.

Reading and writing have been a part of a lifelong search for meaning and truth. My main concern is how to be a better person.

In my graduate studies, I wanted to explore the overlap of Buddhism and Stoicism. I focused instead on the craft of writing. This tapped into my love of words, years of close reading, and my passion for music. Together, these give my life a richness and depth that I want to share.

Along the way, I have found the occasional glimpse of beauty and a moment of the sublime. After years of publishing the TreeHouseLetter, I developed ideas about what makes good writing sing, why it stays with us. These are regular TreeHouseLetter features, with 2 to 10 minute reads.

The Music in Prose: The best writing and ideas out there
Poetry for Emergencies: For love, death, heartbreak, milestones
Toolbox: Tools to improve writing for ages 9 to 99

What I’ve learned has helped me become a better reader, a better writer, and most importantly, it has helped me learn how to become a better person.

I use the words how to because I fall short more than I would like, but I keep the goal in sight.

Become a better reader and writer today: try the TreeHouseLetter for free.

  • Veteran, Mother, Writer
  • Publisher of TreeHouseLetter
  • Producer of TreeHouseLetter Podcast
  • Author of upcoming memoir about the modern woman warrior