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I am not the Ruth Heflin who predicted that Jesus would appear on the Benny Hinn show.
The Book of Ruth
How Ruth J. Heflin Became a Writer
As the youngest of ten children, I was privileged.

There were four years between me and my next older sister, so some of my first memories are of my mother taking me (just me) to the public library's children's room. Sometimes, adults would be there reading an exciting story to a group of young children, like me, but most of the time I remember being allowed free reign in the large room, wandering around looking at books. When I found a book I really liked, I took it to sit on the carpeted circular stairs where kids would sit for a public performance on the west side of the room. As I got older, I would carry as many books as I could, and would look through them as I waited for my mother to return, so we could check out our books and take them home. 

Mom and I made these library trips at least twice a month, and I learned, from watching my mother read in her easy chair in the evenings while Dad watched tv and my siblings did their homework, that reading was a pleasure. Later, I learned that one of my mother's dreams had been to become a romance writer. Living in the middle of nowhere Kansas, though, meant she had no resources available to her to make her dream come true.

My dad was the family story teller, and I used to love to sit and listen to him recount stories of his youth, especially when family or friends came to visit. 

Because I often pestered my sisters as they did their homework, Mom bought me my own Big Chief tablet and one of those blue fat kindergarten pencils, so I could learn to write the alphabet and numbers. In this way, I could write my name, the alphabet, and numbers up to 100 by the time I entered kindergarten.

I also pestered my sisters and mother to read stories to me, and my father reluctantly let me buy Scholastic books regularly when I finally went to school.

I still love to read and to write.

When I was wrongly terminated from my full-time position as a college professor, I not only looked for another job, but also finally decided I had to dedicate myself to my writing, so wrote my first full length novel, Yonni Hale and the Cosmic Wind. The novel is my response to the easy plot devices, such as having an orphan for the protagonist, used in the Harry Potter stories. I also try to make magic seem more natural. I plan to develop Yonni's story into three more books, but have also taken the time to write several short stories, which I have recently compiled into a collection entitled, Time Coven: Tales of Space, Magic, and Time Travel.

I have also written a screenplay, Mrs. Nash, which provides a historical background for why a man would want to live his life as a woman in the late 1800s. The story is based on a real man who lived as a woman in the American west, as documented by several sources, including Libbie Custer, Gen. George Armstrong Custer's wife.

As this webpage progresses, I will share more of my writings and analysis of the Book of Ruth.
My Blog
  1. Sacred Marriage Rite
    On March 20th, if you are happily married, you should celebrate the Vernal Equinox, which is not only a full moon this year, but also a Super moon. Why should married people celebrate the Vernal Equinox? The oldest spring rite we have on record--actually written down by human beings around 2355 BCE (4374 years ago)--has become known as the Sacred Marriage Rite, wherein the king had sacred sex with Sumerian goddess Inanna through the person of her high priestess. This rite is the first
  2. Me--up to no good
    I wrote this letter to editor and sent it to the Leavenworth Times last week, but they have not yet published it. Perhaps its too controversial for them? Or maybe it hits too close to home? Dear Editor, Are conservative American women sexually frustrated? I ask because of a recent conversation with a group of women, all of whom classify themselves as conservatives. When questioned about why they believe what they believe, a few could only repeat Republican rhetoric. None had a real opinion
  3. A Brief List of Evil Done by Christians as Christians
    Numerous massacres of whole villages and sometimes islands (such as the St. Brice’s Day Massacre in England where all people of Viking descent were rounded up and slaughtered in Oxford, England)—usually pagans, who were often forced to convert to Christianity and then killed Christians targeted and demolished pagan temples and killed the priests and worshippers as soon as Christianity had legal sanction in 315 ACE by Constantine. Christians destroyed the great library at Alexandria, Egypt
  4. Bend in the Big Sioux River near Flandreau, South Dakota
    The Challenge As my husband and I journeyed through South Dakota in June 2016, we learned that our school taught French was very different from the French used in South Dakota. Flandreau, for instance, is not pronounced fland-row, but flan-drew. And Pierre is not pronounced pee-air, but pier. A woman from Switzerland who was visiting the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, South Dakota the same day we were tried to explain why the pronunciations are so different than what we would expect.
My Books and Stories
Scholarly Books, Novels, and Story Collections
​The essence of both Naturalism and Modernism is exhibited in the many works written by five prominent American Indian writers from the turn of the 19th century: Charles Eastman, Gertrude Bonnin, Luther Standing Bear, Nicholas Black Elk, and Ella Deloria. 
There's magic loose in Kansas, and Yonni Hale is about to catch it. America's answer to Harry Potter, this novel series presents magic in a more realistic, but exciting, way. Available in print-on-demand or Kindle versions.
Yonni Hale learns that life is not safe, not even in her small home town of Pratt, Kansas. Reluctantly endowed with powers from the Cosmic Wind, how will Yonni use them to save her friends?

Coming Soon!

Seven stories, some of which include erotic imagery, deal with ancient rituals (The Witness), magic and time travel (Time Coven; It's About Time; and Wombman), future realities (Fel Man), space travel (Ishi, the Last Martian), and one is a tribute to Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" (Hills Like Green Monsters).

You can now buy the ebook version for $3.99 from Smashwords at  (right click to open the URL in a new window).

Remember, four of the stories are for adults only!

Download the Powerpoint Presentation (on the right) to view my presentation on the

Symbolism of the Lakota Star Quilt pattern.