Debby Detering began her B.A. at Brown University. After summer work in Seattle, marriage, and two of their four children, she finished at Central Washington University. Debby and her Other Half have been traveling together for half a century: Washington State to Massachusetts, Texas to Canada, flying to Turkey, and sailing through the Panama Canal.
Debby’s fiction explores family relationships with mingled conflict and caring and reflects her experience in emergency foster care, often for teenagers abandoned in one way or another.
Her current work is non-fiction, Panama and Beyond, a collection of family letters. Join Debby in exploring Ellen’s cure for seasickness, Mabel’s opinions of her cousins, Charles’ favorite poets, Will’s visit at the port where Captain Ead’s ship railroad would have ended.
Next-finishing a young adult novel about teenage brothers deciding how—or whether—to live, and a middle grade series about Aunt Tabby’s impulsive adventures with nieces and nephews in Turkey and Timbuktu.
Her publications include “Beyond Fathering,” (Christianity Today), “Dear Elizabeth, Have We Taught You How to Doubt?” (in Faith Questions, David C. Cook Company), and other articles and stories. Her book, Three Tales: God with Us, is available from Amazon.
A field of daisies
When I was a child visiting Cousin Mabel in the summer, one of my jobs was to pick up the mail,
and the path to the mailbox
crossed a hay field with daisies.
with Family and Friends
the first blue iris
THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Purring cats
- Daisies blooming in a hayfield
- Grandchildren turning cartwheels
- Fresh sea-salt and seaweed scent on the Cape Cod coast
- The first blue iris her Other Half brings in from his garden in spring.
- Louisa May Alcott’s books (not only Little Women!)
- Historic markers along highways
- Camping with hot chocolate at bedtime and pancakes for breakfast
- Cooking for dinner with family and friends– the more the merrier
- A whole day with no obligations and a good book
- Piles of antique books smelling like dust and old leather
- Hugs from children and grandchildren
- Chocolate bread pudding topped with marshmallow creme.