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Welcome!

Christine is a writer, community educator, avid gardener, and proud mom of two beautiful and talented girls. She and her husband and youngest daughter relocated from the suburbs to an 1899 brick Victorian in old Northeast Kansas City on five city lots in early 2013.

In addition to running a cleaning biz, and teaching gardening, crafts, and self-sufficiency classes in the Kansas City Metropolitan area while homeschooling her youngest – Christine manages to eke out a few hours each morning for writing. She maintains four blogs: –

The Deadly Nightshade – which covers gardening, cooking, home decor, diy and more

The Homeschool Advocate – which covers her family’s homeschool adventures, challenges, and parenting dilemmas

The Cottage B&B Renovation Blog – which details the steps she took to transform a $25 house from Land Bank into a bed and breakfast art and writing retreat

And her writing blog, which discusses writing and gives updates on her writing projects.

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Christine has written and self-published five books:

Get Organized, Stay Organized

War’s End: The Storm

The War on Drugs: An Old Wives Tale

War’s End: A Brave New World

Gliese 581: Departure

She is also working on two non-fiction projects: a cookbook and a handbook on how to purchase and renovate a house in Kansas City, editing her sixth book Schicksal Turnpike, and working on the sequel to Gliese 581, and also a fantasy series The Chronicles of Liv Rowan which threatens to encompass twelve separate books.

In the warm months, you will often find her out in her yard, digging a pond system, raising organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables, counting eggs, and threatening chickens.

In the cold months, you will find her complaining about the frigid cold, painting the walls of her “new” 120-year-old Victorian, and rearranging furniture while planning next year’s garden.

Christine and her husband Dave are also very committed to preserving some of the historic architecture in Kansas City. Dave is the president of the Lykins Neighborhood Association, and they are currently renovating a small bungalow at the end of their property. It will open in 2017 as a bed and breakfast. Find out more about that at The Cottage B&B website.

Here are her two favorite quotes:

“I went into the woods to live deliberately. To front the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what they had to teach. And not, when I came to die, discover I had never lived.” – Henry David Thoreau

and:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert A. Heinlein

Christine loves comments on her blogs and detests spammers. Drop her an email and ask her a question or invite yourself over for a tour of her garden.

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