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, my hope is you find insight and inspiration for daily living. When I discover a unique place to visit, I want to share it. Stop to smell the flowers on your journey.

Roving Ruth’s Newsletter

Do you plan a trip for months before leaving? Is your bucket list long and depressing or full of joy? Do you yearn for the day you have time to sing in the choir?

The March Issue of Roving Ruth looks at the fun we experience without long-term planning. People plan and never take action. Others plan and take action. Still others find joy in the spur of the moment. Whether you are a planner or fly by the seat of your pants, ponder finding joy. Click Roving Ruth on the side bar to read the updated article about the “Unforgettable Canadians and the Quilt Barn Trail” and “Unexpected Fun and Funk.” Both stories happened without much thought.

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Quotes for the Month

 “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.”

 Mae West

 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

Mark Twain



Jeff Crilley interviewed  me on the Jeff Crilly Show, which aired late in January. He interviews four or more guests weekly. Jeff owns Real News Public Relations firm located in Dallas. He is a former TV reporter and community leader. I posted the video of the interview on the Speaker/Writer tab of this website. Click on the book cover to hear me talk about Gift of the Suitcase.

My Book

Gift of the Suitcase, my latest book, creates an easy present to please friends and family members. Your friend may find encouragement when going through a transition. Ride through beautiful scenery. Smile at the humor. Reminisce when an event is similar. Ride through unexpected events, both large and small.

The story begins 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 laughter 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 one of the three different customized presentations available for the story. 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.

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.

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.