Life bursts with joy and sadness. When unexpected sadness envelopes us we imagine we can never be happy again. Life may change forever but evolve into new, enriched experiences.

I write stories about uncommon people and places. Whether the person or team is an outstanding entrepreneur, a writer, a paperweight artist, or a volunteer, I hope my readers find insight and inspiration. When I discover a unique place to visit, I want to share it.

Gift of the Suitcase, my latest book, creates an easy present to please someone who likes to travel. Perhaps your friend is traveling through a transition (or two or three). Maybe your friend needs to read this book. It’s available through this website, regular distributors, like Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other resources for e-books and paperbacks.

Roving Ruth’s Newsletter

My newsletter provides short articles to entice you to travel, volunteer or ponder the written word. You can find the most recent articles by clicking “Roving Ruth” on the right sidebar. Registration assures you will know when new articles are available. The January issue presents information about an uncommon hobby and a world known artist. To receive the newsletter click near the top right hand corner of this page on “Join Roving Ruth.” If you are already registered, feel free to forward it to friends and family.



I will be interviewed on a radio program in January. You will see information about the program when I receive details.

My Book

My most recent book, Gift of the Suitcase, is a story of unexpected events, both large and small. It starts when I graduated from college with high expectations for the future. My travel through life proves that twists and turns create unforeseen opportunities. With a touch of humor and spirituality, we see how kindness helps with chaos, today and throughout history.

Book Clubs

If your book club is planning for the next few months, please let me know if you are interested in the three different customized presentations available for my story. Because of security, please use the Contact tab on this website to plan your event. Leave your number and I will return your call quickly.

Discussion questions are available for pre-reading Gift of the Suitcase or after finishing the book. If you are not in the Dallas area, consider a presentation through SKYPE.

Amazon Reviews

What was the last book you read? Did someone recommend the book? Was it a choice for your book club? Did a friend share the title with you? Amazon reviews are critical for you and others to determine how you want to spend your time. If you’ve read Gift of the Suitcase, please take a few minutes to share your feedback. It’s important for me to know what you think and for others to decide whether to order the book. It’s important to do that after any book you read. THANK YOU, my kind reviewers.


Gift of the Suitcase is available for purchase on the Books tab and other distribution channels. If you prefer ordering through Amazon, their distribution centers are stocked.  View more details on the Writer/Speaker tab.