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 I was born in, and grew up in Northern, Kentucky. I moved away for a bit only to return. Now, I live in Louisville. This memoir is set in Kentucky, opening May 5, 2007 at a Kentucky Derby Party. I welcome the opportunity to travel within Kentucky (and beyond) for readings and events.
I’ve worked as a freelance writer since 2001 publishing service journalism as well as personal essays. My essays have appeared in The New York Times; Scary Mommy; and Brain, Child Magazine. I contribute regular features to Cincinnati Family, Lead Cincinnati and Venue magazines.

I specialize in topics relevant to kids and families.  

I am the Director of Media for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, a member of Parent Media Association as well as the National Association of Memoir Writers. I am also a regular attendee/ staff member of the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop at the University of Dayton. 

Find my parenting articles HERE in Cincinnati Family & Northern Kentucky Family Magazines.

Read my Recent New York Times Article HERE

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magazinesMy service journalism articles give parents solid advice and information while my humor columns poke fun at my seemingly mundane domestic existence.

I’ve just completed my first memoir and look forward to keeping you updated on my publishing progress.

As a service journalist and comfortable speaker, I seek opportunities to speak to special-interest groups about current relevant topics. I use my story as a source of camaraderie, hope, and healing for others.

EBWW DaytonTopics I seek to discuss include but are not limited to:

  • Communicating with your Teen – Defining Parental Purpose in this stage.
  • Maternity Leave: Is Your Career Childproof?
  • Blended families: When it’s NOT about You and Your New Love.
  • Neglect/abandonment
  • Loss/grief
  • Love after divorce

Contact me for writing assignments or to book speaking engagements.

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Recent Posts

My Step-Daughter-To-Be Helped Me Heal

The CeremonyMy boyfriend’s daughter, processed her trauma in bouts of rage. It echoed through every corridor of the house. Her eruptions started with slammed cupboards in the kitchen and ended with shouts of fury over feeling unloved or unwanted. My love, she recognized as an intrusion on her time with her father. Only Dad could pack her lunch for school, and only Dad could help her with homework. If she couldn’t find an article of clothing she wanted to wear, only Dad could help her find it, even if I had done the laundry.

I was there to love her dad, not her. Right? We weren’t married yet. She wasn’t even my stepdaughter. I didn’t have any obligation to even pretend to love her. But I did love her. And I loved her for reasons that had nothing to do with where she came from or who fathered her. I loved her spirit, her resilience, and her sassy humor. When she was open, we talked, ventured out into the city together or sat in front of a good movie and crafted string bracelets. But when we got too close she didn’t trust it, so she raged. She wasn’t angry with me. She was angry with the woman who let her down. I got the “redirect” the therapist said.

Once, she raged to the point of destruction… READ MORE

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