Rae Turnbull, 2001


For twenty years, Rae Turnbull's syndicated poetic essay column was a favorite weekly feature in northern California, southern Oregon, eastern Iowa, and all of Nebraska and Nevada. With nearly 2880 original poetic essays in publication, Rae became known as the poet who spoke to the heart and soul of family. The basic values held dear by the folks in so many of the small towns and farms and ranches in the west found their own voices in Rae Turnbull's words.

Responding to overwhelming reader requests, George Turnbull designed and illustrated four handsome paperback books featuring his wife Rae's popular poetic essays. Each book contains approximately 90 to 115 separate selections gleaned from her newspaper columns.

In 1989, Turnbulls published the first of a limited edition collection, titled "Echoes in the Corners of my Heart." No longer available, this book is now considered a prized collector's item. Over the years, the Turnbulls published 3 additional separate collections, which became equally popular with Rae’s readers. Click on the books below, to sample some of those essays. And you will understand why her readers maintained that Rae Turnbull put into words what their hearts knew to be true.

When Wildflowers are in Bloom
published in 1992
When the Heart most clearly Speaks
published in 1997
I hear the Whispers in the Twilight
published in 2001

Rae Turnbull, 2019


A brand new collection of Rae Turnbull essays makes its debut. “Home for Christmas” features all of the Christmas themed essays that greeted her readers every year during her column’s twenty year run, as well as several poetic essays never before published.


Rae’s husband George always wanted to illustrate and produce this collection. But several strokes stopped that wish from being fulfilled. This fall, daughter Gwynn
Turnbull Weaver decided it was time to make her parents’ wishes become reality.
She designed and produced this edition, as a tribute to both of her parents, and in
honor of her mother’s favorite season.


Rae Turnbull’s devotion to her family is clearly evident in all of her writing, especially in this latest collection. Her essays speak to all those who cherish friends and family. Those who always find a way, if only in their memories, to be where the heart never leaves….

Home for Christmas.








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On July 21st, 2016, George Turnbull left this world for the one of greater beauty that lies beyond.
He leaves a legacy of grateful students and masterful artwork, and a love of life that inspired all who knew him.
His family still welcomes visitors throughout the year to his studio and gallery at the Turnbull ranch in northern California. The visit also includes an informal tour of their unique, art filled home.
For directions, please contact Rae Turnbull at 530-988-5758. 



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