Category Archives: About the Authors

Rhonda Jansen


Some people are born to write; others find their way to the pen very slowly. The latter is my story.  My english composition professor would be quite shocked to know that I write at all, since my forte’ was run-on sentences that never got to the point.  Don’t let that scare you away though, I’m nearly cured.

I began writing about the experiences in my life and what I learned from them, when struggles piled up then wore me down time and time again.  I began to search for the “whys” and began to grasp for hope like a drowning man grasping for a life ring.  Now it’s time to share what I’ve been learning with the hope that others can find encouragement in the words written out of the troubled moments in my life.  There is always a diamond buried beneath the rubbish in which we find ourselves swimming.  The hard part is getting our eyes off the trouble and refocusing on finding that diamond.

I am married to an Alaskan crab and salmon fisherman and have three children; all graduated from college and in careers and one with a wife and kids. 

Statistics: Majored in accounting at the University of Washington; An artist that specializes in watercolors and boat/fishing scenes; Illustrated a book about fishing accidents in Alaskan waters; illustrated a children’s book; Spent years as a community organizer and started a few non-profits along the way. Lastly I am a recorder of the lessons of life.

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Debora Shelford Hobbs

I was born with the heart of a writer; I was also born with dyslexia.  So, while my heart beat with the passion to write, my mind told me I could not.  This inner struggle has been crippling at times keeping me from reaching past self inflicted boundaries.  In the best of situations my insecurities presented themselves as a warm, pesky voice whispering doubt in my ear.  I choose now, with the help of God, family, and friends to face my fear head on and to write with courage, strength, and honesty.   I will be writing about the joys and struggles of raising three boys, of being married, and of my own internal search of hope, peace, and healthy relationships.

Poetry is a word picture that lets your mind see what the eye does not and it has always been within me.   It is natural for me to understand feelings like joyful, happy, excited, unhappy, frustrated, or agony in colors, or thunder storms, and on occasions as thick dark nimbostratus clouds.    I was in the third grade when I wrote my first poem, it was about the pilgrims, and to my great delight was published in the local paper.  This started my lifelong love affair with writing poetry; some good, some not so good, and some just simply terrible.  Only on rare occasions have I shared my poetry with others, these occasions usually came under the direct request of an instructor in college.   Now, I am pointing my face into the wind of doubt and sharing my poetry and stories with you.  I hope you will find them inspiring, encouraging, entertaining, thought provoking, and maybe even funny.