Grace Peterson


Grace Peterson is an author, columnist and blogger. She is a staff member of the of Memoir Writers Society and has published essays in several anthologies. She lives in western Oregon, sharing a home with her husband (and four furry felines) while their four grown children come and go. REACHING—A Memoir was released in May of 2013 and covers subjects such as mental health, postpartum and spiritual abuse. Her second book, a gardening memoir is slated for publication in 2014. She can be reached by visiting her blog at


  • Subplots By Grace

    My subplots deal with everyday topics and sometimes issues of recovery from mental health impairments and religious/spiritual abuse. I enjoy hearing from you. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me. Thank you for visiting. EMAIL: grace at gracepete dot com


  • Book Review: Pecking Order

    Book Review: Pecking Order

    I can't believe it's been a whole year since I've posted on this blog. I hope to be better in 2019. Thank you for visiting. Secrets. Why do we keep them? Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2019 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Looking Up


    The gravel road is dark, save for the orange tip of our lone cigarette, passed between us badass wannabees. A million stars hover overhead, boosting our... Read more

    Posted on 07 December 2017 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Me Too

    With the countless sexual improprieties of Harvey Weinstein being make public the "Me Too" movement has blown up with thousands of women posting these two... Read more

    Posted on 19 October 2017 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Total Solar Eclipse

    Total Solar Eclipse

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you're well aware of the solar eclipse happening on August 21, less than a month from now. Read more

    Posted on 22 July 2017 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • The Symbiosis of Nature

    Symbiosis Nature

    It wasn't until I sat down in the driver's seat and looked out my windshield that I noticed it--those telltale drops of "honeydew," which could only mean one... Read more

    Posted on 13 June 2017 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Matchy-Matchy


    I only call daffodils daffodils when I'm around serious people. The rest of the time, they're daffies. And crocuses are croakies and clematises are clemmies. Read more

    Posted on 05 April 2017 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Misty, Watercolor Memories

    Misty, Watercolor Memories

    Walking outside to top off the water in my courtyard fountain, I bend down to get a whiff of the tiny stars on my Daphne odora. She's still a humble thing, smal... Read more

    Posted on 24 February 2017 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Similar Psychological Abuses

    Similar Psychological Abuses

    The latter part of my book REACHING: A Memoir details much of the cult-like experience I lived in for seven years during the 1990s. Read more

    Posted on 06 January 2017 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • It's That Season Again

    It's That Season Again

    The song goes, "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." But I beg to differ. The holidays are pleasant but not wonderful--a description reserved exclusivel... Read more

    Posted on 12 December 2016 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • River Trip ~~ Part Three

    River Trip Part Three

    The third leg of our journey took us to Whistlers Bend Park.* The weather was perfect with clear blue skies and 75 degree weather, confirming that our decision... Read more

    Posted on 01 December 2016 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • River Trip ~~ Part Two

    River Trip Part

    Finally I'm posting the second installment of the river trip to southern Oregon that my sister Laura and I took in September. Sorry it's taken so long. Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2016 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • River Trip ~~ Part One

    River Trip Part

    I'm posting photos of a trip my sister Laura and I took a few weeks ago to southern Oregon. Among other things, we are privileged to visit the present owner of... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2016 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Depression Screening for Pregnant Women

    Depression Screening Pregnant Women

    I was really happy to see that The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recommended that all pregnant women be screened for mental healt... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2016 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Lottery Mania

    Lottery Mania

    Ah yes, the rush to get rich, quick. Well, not too quick because the rush isn't really a rush at all. It's wait-in-line-with-five-hundred-other-hopefulls. If... Read more

    Posted on 12 January 2016 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • I See Old Things


    I have a fascination with old things. I'm drawn to objects that were common back, say fifty years ago but are out of fashion and obsolete in today's world. Read more

    Posted on 14 December 2015 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • It's Yesterday Once More

    It's Yesterday Once More

    Did any of you catch the PBS documentary about Karen and Richard Carpenter that aired on Saturday night? It was interesting listening to Richard's perspective o... Read more

    Posted on 07 December 2015 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • In a Perfect World

    Perfect World

    After a long hiatus, I'm back. My apologies for the long delay. I don't know if there are still any interested readers out there but I'm going to write and see... Read more

    Posted on 02 December 2015 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Road Trip

    Road Trip

    My hubby is between contracts for Intel so this week we decided to take a day road trip. We didn't go far because we got a late start but the time together was... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2015 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Old Habits


    Yesterday morning, Susan, my twenty-two year old daughter, let me know she was going rock hunting with a guy she met in one of her classes. Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2015 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
  • Guest Post: Susie Troccolo

    Guest Post: Susie Troccolo

    This week I'm featuring an essay by my online friend, gardener and talented author Susan Troccolo. I have a feeling you'll be able to relate to her words. Sprin... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2015 CULTURE, LIFESTYLE