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Photograph by the talented and wonderful Melony Brownawell

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 a 120-year-old 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 two blogs – The Deadly Nightshade and The Homeschool Advocate. She also writes on a variety of subjects, whatever strikes her interest at the moment. She has written and self-published four 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

Christine is also working intermittently on a non-fiction book – Quit Your Job, Change Your Life: 40 Steps Towards A More Fulfilling Life, a sci-fi series set in the War’s End universe called Gliese 581, and also a fantasy series The Chronicles of Liv Rowan which threatens to encompass twelve separate books. In late 2014, she turned her attention towards creating articles for regional and national magazine publications on…

  • Gardening
  • Parenting
  • Homeschooling/Unschooling
  • Frugal Alternatives
  • Cooking
  • Home Decor
  • DIY/Self-Sufficiency

She is taking on writing assignments in these areas and more and has recently expanded her freelance writing to include content writing for websites. Check out the Freelance Writing tab for more details.

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.

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


“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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