Marsha's first venture into writing was her popular weekly column homegrown treasures. The column was well received and soon was syndicated on a limited basis.
Her readers were supportive:
"Sensitive, often poignant."
"Thanks to you, my family will have a more miraculous Christmas."
"We expect that all of us....are enjoying life a bit more, thanks to Marsha."
It was awarded the California Newspaper Publishers Association's honor for "Best Local columnist" three times. One of the judges wrote, "She finds a universe in her home and backyard."