A writer inspired by nature and human nature

The 12-Foot Teepee by Marilyn Armstrong is a  memoir that takes readers along on Maggie’s lifelong journey to find peace. It is a story of hope that will inspire all who have ever been downtrodden amidst life’s challenges. Maggie faces her own challenges in a unique way and finds the peace she has sought in ways that will inspire you. This book has something in it for everyone. ~ Bette A. Stevens


Once upon a time, I built a teepee. I painted the door and filled it with things I loved. I made the poles, sanded each by hand, peeling the bark from each 16-foot sapling we had cut in our own woods.


Then I wrote a book about building it, and about life, transformation, and other things, some funny, some sad, some just whatever.

The manuscript for The 12-Foot Teepee took me about 7 months to write, almost as much time to edit, then a few more months to design the cover and the book. Getting it published, well … that’s a whole other story.

This was my teepee.


It stood, through all seasons for five years. This summer, the poles could no longer support the canvas, and the canvas itself was mildewed. Its time was over and it came down.

There won’t be another. I’m past sitting on any floor, even a teepee…

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Comments on: "MY LIFE AND WELCOME TO IT" (21)

  1. I appreciate the “Welcome,” but I think I will stick with my SoCal where we complain if it gets below 70! 😉 ❤
    Peace, love & warmth for all,
    Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:


  2. My cousin built a teepee, and then lived in it, through rain and shine, for an entire year. He lives on the top of a mountain now, and operates the Three Rivers Avian Center in Brooks, West Virginia.


    • Hi, Joe. Sounds like quite an adventure–actually living in a teepee for extended period of time. Tent campling with our girls in the 1980s for two weeks was about the closest we’ve gotten and it was wonderful to experience nature at its best. It was a great experience, but I was sure glad to get back to the comforts of home. Thanks for sharing your cousin’s teepee story! 🙂


  3. Hello there. I always look forward to your blog posts. That is why I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Keep up the great work.

    I hope you will accept that award. Please find your nomination and the award rules here:


    Have a wonderful day and a great Christmas time!


  4. Thank you, Bette, for sharing this insightful, sensitive post.


  5. Thanks for sharing this. It sounds lovely.


  6. Loved it, Bette! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂 ❤


  7. Thanks Bette. I read the whole article on Marilyn’s post. What a novel, pun intended, idea!! I have to check out her book!!


  8. Thanks for sharing this!


  9. Hitch up the sled! If only… 🙂 Sure hope we can get together again in the New Year. How time flies. I loved your memoir, my talented friend; and your talent and humor continue to perk me up and get me thinking (on your Serindipity blog). Wish we lived next door. I thank heaven for the WWW and for your support and encouragment too. Hugs! ❤


  10. Thank you Bette! You have been such a great support to me. I think I’ll hitch up the dog sled and come visit 😉


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