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From Picas to Bytes Cover Image

Second-place award winner in the Nebraska Press Women's adult non-fiction books category, From Picas to Bytes reveals 100 years of the Seacrest family's contributions to Lincoln and to Nebraska. Not only did the family newspaper earn a Pulitzer Prize, they fought and won battles supporting the First Amendment. They worked on a number of campaigns to improve their home community and used new technological technology to keep a mid-sized daily viable as others of their category closed their doors. Thirty interviews with family members, editors, production managers, competitors and community members contributed to this story of how a newspaper family serves its community.

ISBN - 978-1494204822
Pages - 166
Publisher - Prairie Wind Press
Publication Date - January 15, 2014

Threshold Cover Image

Award-winning memoir encompassing a series of eighteen stories set largely on America's Great Plains, about one ordinary American family's struggle to thrive across race and through time and space. It chronicles eight generations and deals with issues that resonate even today. Perhaps there are patterns here to help us to thrive in this new century. For more, see Book Club Reading List.

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ISBN - 978-1480234383
Pages - 304
Publisher - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date - December 8, 2012

My novel-in-progress is based upon my parents' lives. In it, Maggie McGuire's singing career pits her against a mobster, a serial killer, a rapist and near starvation, but a sadistic doctor in Nebraska nearly destroys her.

I call it GRAVY here's why:

Every day of my life is gravy. That’s not because it’s been perfect or uncomplicated. I haven’t lived a charmed life. In fact, I grew up in a madhouse, certain that my mom was nuts. But I know now that my sheer existence is so improbable as to defy belief. My existence depended upon the displacements of the Great Depression and the Second World War.  And it pitted a doctor’s sadistic experiment against my mother’s unyielding, bullheaded, teeth-clenching tenacity. Mom won, but it was a near thing and we all paid . . . and paid . . . and paid.

Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, August 23, 24, and 27, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island, Nebraska. Signing books & talking with visitors.

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Aug. 5-Sept. 5, Click ikon for Goodreads Giveaway, Threshold: A Memoir

Books available:

  • A to Z Books, North Platte, NE
  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Blue Hill Library, Blue Hill, NE
  • GROW Nebraska stores, Kearney, Grand Island, Eppley Airport
  • Kobo
  • Lincoln County Historical Society Museum
  • Penguin Pit Stop, Lincoln


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