The American Revolution in South Carolina

In 2012, my husband David and I went to South Carolina to see where Michael Greissen Frein and the Palatines ended up. They were sent from Charlestown to the interior and received land along the tributaries of the Savannah River. The British settlers along the coast wanted them as a buffer against the native population. … Continue reading

A Case of Crowd-Funding, 1764

As I mentioned in my blog last week, my ancestor Michael left his home in the Palatine in 1764 on his way to the New World. Along with hundreds of others of his countrymen, he gave his life’s savings to the unscrupulous Count Johann Heinrich von Stumpel to emigrate to Nova Scotia. They got no … Continue reading


My new novel The Loyalist is based on the life of my great-great-great-great-grandfather, Michael Eisan (c.1730-1833). He was born Michael Greissen-Frein in the Palatine area of what is now Germany, an area called Pfalz in German. Nothing is known about his early days– exactly where he was born or who his parents were. One thing that can … Continue reading


When Elisheva’s son Jochanan is beheaded, she is stricken with grief and consumed by anger against those who have killed him. She wants to speak out against them but is frustrated by her powerless position as a woman. So she joins a group who follow Yeshua, hoping to have her say, but it doesn’t quite … Continue reading

#book launch

My latest novel is being launched into the world this Monday, July 24 at 7pm at First Metropolitan United Church. It’s the first-person account of Elisheva, or Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist, who feels angry, grief-stricken and powerless after the beheading of her son. How does she deal with this grief and anger? … Continue reading

#am blogging

At the end of her life, Elisheva tells her story. It’s about anger at injustice and grief at the death of loved ones. And it’s about so much more than that. At its core, it’s the love story of an old couple at the end of their lives. No matter how old you are, there is still time to … Continue reading

The Book of Elisheva

My latest novel, The Book of Elisheva, is available now at Amazon. It will soon be available in hard copy form from Lighthouse Christian Publishing, and I hope to have a book launch later in June if all goes well. Why haven’t you heard of this before? Well, self-promotion is always a struggle but usually I’m so … Continue reading

Exploring Canadian Roots (6)

World War I: The Last Post The monument known as the Brooding Soldier stands a few kilometres outside of Ypres, Belgium, marking the site of the first poison gas attack launched by the Germans during World War. The monument is on the spot where the Canadians withstood the attack during the second battle of Ypres … Continue reading

Exploring Canadian Roots (5)

The Great War a.k.a. World War I We visited a lot of war memorials, museums and cemeteries and I am proud to say the Canadian ones are the best. First we visited Beaumont-Hamel, the Newfoundland memorial where a battle was fought on Jul y 1, 1916. We arrived just in time for a tour with … Continue reading