Margaret D. McGee writes about being alive in the cosmos, paying attention, and making connections. Born and raised in Ohio, she is the great-granddaughter of family farmers, the granddaughter of two Protestant ministers, and the daughter of the superintendent of public schools in the town where she grew up.
McGee has had a varied career, including a time at the Microsoft Corporation, where she was employed as a master writer. She now lives in the Olympic Peninsula with her husband, David.
McGee's books include Stumbling Toward God, Sacred Attention, and Haiku – The Sacred Art, as well as numerous user guides and other technical pieces written for software companies over the years. Her short work has appeared in such publications as Alive Now, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, bottle rockets, Englewood Review of Books, and Modern Haiku. She is a licensed lay preacher and worship leader in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. Her liturgical prayers and skits have been used by faith communities across the United States, and can be found at her website, InTheCourtyard.com.
Kudos from readers, book groups, and retreat/workshop participants
"Your book showed the women how to talk about themselves and tell their stories. It has been the perfect beginning for our group, and provided a non-threatening way for us to engage some very deep issues. A roaring success!" -- The Reverend Vickie Dogaru, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Vancouver WA
"Spiritual and mystical in the finest sense of both words." -- Retreat participant
"... a deeply satisfying read." -- 5-star Amazon review of Stumbling Toward God: A Prodigal's Return
"Margaret McGee is articulate, wise, and often funny. She tells the Story of God's passionate love for humankind in all of her work with a grace and originality that we don't often encounter." -- The Very Reverend William F. Maxwell
"I thought writing haiku in response to scripture would restrict my expression. But my haiku kept changing, almost as if it had a life of its own. Boy, is haiku neat." -- Workshop participant
"Margaret McGee's presentations are profoundly honest, penetrating, unfailingly sound, and filled with her insight into the funniness and yearning of us all." -- The Reverend Elizabeth A. Bloch, Rector (retired), St. Paul's Episcopal Parish, Port Townsend
"Margaret McGee takes us into the inner encounter, the jolt of surprise and pleasure that results in a haiku." -- 5-star GoodReads review of Haiku - The Sacred Art
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being willing to spend the weekend with us and for sharing your journey with us. I will be waiting for your next book." -- Retreat participant
"This is fun!" -- Workshop participant
"A book that made me think, feel, identify, cry and in the end, pay attention! A recommended read for anyone caught up in today's fast paced world." -- 5-star Amazon review of Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment