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       ​​How does headstrong Ria plan to heal a family tragedy? —She leaves home for a nine month journey of discovery. In her travels from the New Mexico desert to the California Bay Area and then to a ghost town in the Idaho mountains she encounters a spicy cast of individuals as fascinating and wild as the year of cultural revolution in which the novel is set: 1968.
    Seeking to blend her cross-cultural Hispanic and Scottish heritage, Ria's strength and resolve are tested in a series of road trip adventures.  Along the way she makes mistakes that, despite consequences, might not be mistakes at all. She learns to follow her intuition as she navigates the outer world, becoming her own unique person while making peace with her past. 
    Gypsy Soup celebrates how lessons of the heart and the rollercoaster of life combine on the cusp of adulthood in an era when sex, drugs and rock-and-roll defined the language of a generation. 

“I found myself setting out right alongside Ria. Her adventures, the people she meets, the surprising twists and turns kept me engaged and curious....Gypsy Soup is a book as spicy, delicious, and enticing as its name.” —Grace Welker, creator of Oasis Pages Diary 

  “After a while, I couldn't put it down. It was so entrancing. A heart-warming story!” –Jay Schlechter PhD, author of Intimate Friends

    "thought provoking...exotic and fascinating." "Every so often I'd pause and chuckle, chuckle some more and dive back in."



   Bee yards. Swarm catching. Moving bees in mountain migrations. Harvesting hive products. In this lyrical memoir, beekeeper Nirvan Hope gives the reader a taste of beekeeping 75 hives with her then partner, Roy, through one spring, summer and fall at the beginning of the twenty-first century. 
     When not beekeeping, Nirvan explores changing seasons in forests, rivers and lakes on the Tahuya Peninsula. River wading, gardening, mushrooming, a baby eagle rescue, bear sightings and spawning salmon offer gentle pleasures. 
     But as if to balance the slow tempo of pastoral bliss, the shadow side of Pacific Northwest rural life shows up: a not-so-happy world of vandals, brush pickers, clear cuts, frightening found objects and escalating frustration and paranoia spawned by the arrival of suspected identity thieves and meth labs on a neighboring property.

    "Written in beautiful, lyrical language that transports the reader to the fields and forests of the Pacific Northwest. A modern day Walden Pond."  Valerie West, writer: No Brother of Mine

    "...both riveting and contemplative"  " one chapter at a time, a great meditation"  "a skillful photographic way with words"  "this is a really magical book"


and Other Natural and Unnatural Things

Available in Paperback at Amazon:
Love and the Infinite



Artwork for the cards can be seen at

 Individually handmade decks are currently unavailable. However, you are welcome to download images from the above link to create your own deck.

The  booklet is available at Amazon
The Yantra Leela Deck

  This 85 page booklet for my playful Yantra Leela Deck gives descriptions for each of  forty-nine cards inspired by yantras of the Mahavidyas or Tantric Wisdom Goddesses. The images invoke energies of transformation, states of being and meditations to experience awareness and connection with wisdom of the deep feminine. The deck is divided into three sections: Gods and Godesses; Yantra Leela; and Chakras and Planets.

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  "Love and the Infinite" is a selection of 'wordsongs' written from 1992 to 1998 in which I share experiences of love and longing, both human and divine, in the ongoing dance between mystery and consciousness.

a memoir, a novel, some poems, and a booklet for a deck of divinatory cards.

Available in Paperback
at Amazon:
Gypsy Soup
and on Kindle:
  Gypsy Soup