Margaret D. McGee

Publications

Books


Microsoft Access Step-by-Step, Microsoft Press (1993), co-author with Judy Boyce
Widely translated first edition of the best-selling tutorial for Microsoft Access, relational database software for Windows.

Haiku - The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines
--from SkyLight Paths Publishing (2010)


A guide to writing haiku as a spiritual practice.

Haiku - The Sacred Art introduces haiku as a simple and effective way of tapping into the sacred moments that permeate everyday living. Lifely examples and simple guided exercises--such as haiku as prayer, haiku inspired by sacred texts, and haiku that reflect religious seasons or holidays--offer a unique spiritual practice for a variety of spiritual seekers.


Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice For Finding God in the Moment
-- from SkyLight Paths Publishing (2007)


In Sacred Attention, you will discover ways to develop a practice of attention as a means of talking—and listening—to God. Framed on the Christian liturgical year and paired with images of the seasons of the earth, each chapter includes an insightful narrative which illustrates the surprising richness to be found in every moment. Following each narrative is a prayer, suggested scripture readings and a specific exercise you can use to develop your own practice of attention as a means to better connect with all of life.

Stumbling Toward God: A Prodigal’s Return -- from Innisfree Press (2002)
Stumbling Toward God traces a woman’s spiritual search with an unusual twist – from an “atheist who prays” to unorthodox membership in two radically different churches: Unitarian and Episcopal. An honest, satisfying read for anyone questioning or seeking a spiritual path. First Place for Nonfiction Book in the PNWA Literary Competition.
Published by Inner Ocean Press.

Periodical Articles and Essays


A selection of published short nonfiction:

"Doing Jesus," A Review of Jesus Freak by Sara Miles, The Englewood Review of Books, (May 2010, Vol. 3, #19).

"The strengths and charms of real 'church ladies'" (With apologies to Dana Carvey), Episcopal Life (May 2007).

"When Fear Sets In," The Living Church, (11 Mar, '07).

"Hearty Fish Soup," Humility issue of Alive Now, (Mar-Apr '07), published by The Upper Room.

"Real Hands, Real Water," Technology issue of Alive Now, (Jan-Feb '07), published by The Upper Room.

"My Father Was Zorro," Mercer Island Reporter, (14 June '06), reprinted in Northwind Anthology 2007.

"The Only Gift," The Living Church, (8 Jan. '06).

"From PT to Manhattan: ‘Class of…’ performed in NYC,” Port Townsend/​Jefferson County Leader (7 Nov 2001).

"Church Bell Rings with Holy Spirit,” Episcopal Voice, Seattle, WA (May 2000).

"A Lively Conversation: The Poetry of Mary Lou Sanelli,” Womanplace (Winter 1998).

"If Mary Was a Virgin,” The Living Church, (Advent 1997).

Poetry


A selection of published poems:

"thickening sky," Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America, 36:2 (Spring/​Summer 2013)

"can't be helped the winter moon," Modern Haiku, 42:2 (Summer 2011)

"sudden sun" and “winter’s eve,” Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka 14 (July 2009).

"slow, slow dusk," The Heron's Nest, (June '09).

"stove smoke, "night balancing day," “the old fence post”, “splintered door jamb” and “daybreak” from bear creek haiku (2009).

"September 23, Quimper Peninsula," first place winner of Byline Magazines Autumn Poem contest (1999).

"Quimper Peninsula, Washington," Orion Magazine (Winter 1998).

"To a Daughter, Remembering," co-written with Jennifer James-Wilson, Portlandia Review of Books (1997).

"This Land Shall Be Your Possession," Tidepools (1997).

"Paper Chain," The Crosscurrents Review (1985).

"Personal," The Crosscurrents Review (1984).

Plays


Baptizer
A one-act play taking about 25 minutes, "Baptizer" brings to life a crucial moment in the relationship between John the Baptist and Herod Antipas.

Class of...
A drama for one female player, taking about 20 minutes, "Class of..." was performed in 2001 at the Port Townsend Playwright’s Festival and at Love Creek Productions’ Short Play Festival in New York City.

Stories


A selection of published short fiction:

“I Wake Up,” Sasquatch Sightings, Edmonds Arts Commission Books, (1987);

“Francie’s Day,” Seattle Voice magazine, (Jan 1982).

Selected Work

Books

Widely translated first edition of the best-selling tutorial for Microsoft Access, relational database software for Windows.


"Captures the heart essence of a moment and the feelings it evokes by paying attention to small things and honoring the sacredness of everyday life.”
Lucy Wynkoop, OSB, coauthor, Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness


"Beautiful, passionate and very personal… reminds us again of why we need to be aware of the present moment: that’s where God is.”
-— John Lionberger, author, Renewal in the Wilderness: A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World


“An offbeat, engagingly written, appealingly uncertain spiritual memoir.”
-- Publisher’s Weekly

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