The Art of Accompaniment

North Point Press, 1987 https://tinyurl.com/yddj8xwq

In this piquant collection, and one of the first in North Point's new line of cookbooks, condiments are championed for the time they save in the kitchen and the savor they bring to almost any dish. Note: published under previous name.

Destiny at Oak Valley

Milagro Mountain Press, 2012 https://tinyurl.com/ybdkqvjn

Imagine flying in a hot-air balloon, getting caught in an eclipse, and descending over 100 years into the Wild West of New Mexico, where you meet a man who challenges every notion you ever had about love. That’s exactly what happens to independent, high-spirited Rachel Kingston, who doesn't know how

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and the Unexplainable

Chicken Soup, September 9, 2022 https://www.chickens ... xplainable

Surviving a near-fatal pulmonary embolism, was not just a coincidence. Voices warned me ahead of time, voices that I didn't understand until it happened.

Call of the Whisperwind

Milagro Mountain Press, 2013 https://tinyurl.com/y8ld596h

In Call of the Whisperwind, the adventurous saga of Rachel and the Bradshaw family continues in the Wild West of 19th century New Mexico. Although she willingly stayed in the past to marry the greatest love she has ever known, a few years into her blissful marriage to Matthew Bradshaw time traveler,

The Rosebaby

Milagro Mountain Press, 2013 https://tinyurl.com/y7sez39w

A young woman who loves to grow roses is surprised one day when she receives an unusual gift that will forever change her life. Cecily Brunner learns that love sometimes in very small packages.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog

Chicken Soup for the Soul, April, 2016

Contributing author. Story follows the antics of a goofy, Alaskan Malamute/Shepard.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Spirit of America

Chicken Soup for the Soul, June, 2016

Contributing author. Tells the story of a young woman visiting from China; her viewpoint and insights on Americans.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That?

Chicken Soup for the Soul, August 2017

Contributing author. Story of a cat with extraordinary nursing qualities.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Really Did That?

Chicken Soup for the Soul, August 2017

Contributing author. The story of love affair with a bearded collie.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Kind of America

Chicken Soup for the Soul, August 2017

Contributing author. The story of the quilters who made over 3,800 quilts for Alzheimer's patients, and how their efforts enhanced not just the patients lives, but their own as well.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of Love

Chicken Soup for the Soul, June 5, 2018

An uplifting collection of stories about how love grew out of unusual circumstances. "Meeting Earl" relates the author's circuitous route to meeting her husband of 26 years.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Wonder of Christmas

First Married Christmas, October 16, 2018 http://www.chickenso ... hesoul.com

Contributing author: the true story of the author's first married Christmas with her husband. Learning new traditions and that Christmas is not so simple as buying a tree at a neighborhood lot.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles

More Than a Dream, January, 2019 https://www.chickens ... r-miracles

Contributing Author. Is it possible to receive a message from the beyond? Indeed it is. In More Than a Dream, writer Jeffree Wyn Itrich tells the story of hearing from her parents after her mother's death.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix

Putting My Tail Between My legs, November 5, 2019

It's bad enough to make a big mistake, but it's even worse when you hurt someone else in the process. As evidenced in this story, it takes a big dose of a reality check, humility, and sincerity to apologize. It was the right thing to do.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Cats

Elvira Ever Changing, July 7, 2020

When a feral cat adopted us we weren't sure what to expect. With time, patience, and a lot of love, we fell under her spell and became a family.

Chicken Soup: Lessons Learned From My Dog

Chicken Soup for the Soul, January 24, 2023

The Little Dog Who Chose Me is about a little dog who was looking for love. He found me on his first day in my neighborhood. Over several months we grew very attached. When he collapsed on my porch, I knew I had to rescue him from an irresponsible neighbor.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Me and My Dog

Chicken Soup for the Soul, February 2024 https://www.chickens ... and-my-dog

We're all crazy about our dogs. We can't get enough of them, and we can’t read enough about them. This book contains 101 of our very best dog stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s extensive library. Immerse yourself in these heartwarming, amusing, inspirational, stories about our best friends.


The Wedding Dress Quilt

August 25, 2024 https://www.ctpub.com/-1-the-wedding-dress-quilt/

Adopted as an infant, art quilter Lisbeth James has no clue about the family waiting for her. After her maternal grandmother dies, Lisbeth inherits the family home and travels to Texas to claim her inheritance.


UCSD Hits For the Cycle With “Multiple Multiple” New Year’s Births

UCSD News, 1-7-2003 http://ucsdnews.ucsd ... Babies.htm

It’s one thing for a hospital obstetrics team to deliver one set of multiple babies on a given day but to deliver a numerical succession of multiple births in a fifteen-hour period defies even Lotto odds.

UCSD Surgeons Perform First “Domino” Liver Transplant In San Diego County

UCSD News, June 17, 2004 http://ucsdnews.ucsd ... Domino.asp

Two Rancho Penasquitos residents, who did not know each other, recently benefited from the first “domino” liver transplant procedure in San Diego County.

Fetal Surgery

@UCSD, January 2006 http://ucsdmag.ucsd.edu/magazine/vol3no1/campus/fetal.htm

Oceanside residents Millie Taulau and her husband, Tino, were devastated when their unborn twin boys were diagnosed with an often-fatal condition called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).

UCSD Medical Team Performs 2,000th Surgery for Life Threatening Lung Disease

UCSD News, 6-29-2006 http://ucsdnews.ucsd ... team06.asp

A complicated surgery saves the lives of patients who would otherwise face death.

Nutritional Intervention Helps in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

DementiaToday.net, 11-05-2011 http://www.dementiat ... s-disease/

A second clinical trial of the medical food, Souvenaid, confirmed that daily intake of the nutritional intervention improves memory in people with mild Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Berries May Delay Cognitive Decline

alz.org, May 2012 http://blog.alz.org/tag/alzheimers-diet/

In a study published in April 2012 in the Annals of Neurology, researchers reported that consumption of berries and flavonoids showed a slower rate of cognitive decline in women aged 70 and older.

Why Everyone with Alzheimer's Should Enroll in a Clinical Trial

Alzheimer's Association website, 9-6-2016 http://blog.alz.org/ ... cal-study/

Guest post for the Alzheimer's Association Blog


A Time for Tea

San Diego Union-Tribune, 1999 http://legacy.sandie ... ature/101/

Afternoon tea. Just the sound of the words elicits fanciful thoughts of fragile teacups, wondrous pastries, company-best linens and an unparalleled sense of time and place. In short: an experience. While it might have been difficult 10 years ago to find a place that properly served afternoon tea, t

Knitted Knockers to the Rescue

The Goodness Principle, 5-28-2016 http://www.thegoodne ... ers-rescue

If the title of this post made you smile, it should, because it’s about a very cool enterprise that is improving the lives of thousands of women who have undergone a mastectomy. It's a sweet story about giving these women their dignity back.

Cool Kids Chillin' in Buffalo

The Goodness Principle Blog, 7-24-2016 http://www.thegoodne ... in-buffalo

James Karagiannis of Buffalo is the perfect example of how one person can generate a smile and make a difference in the life of a child.

Saving Pets One Life at a Time

The Goodness Principle Blog, 10-21-2016 http://www.thegoodne ... -life-time

It’s a tragedy experienced all too often by pet owners whose fur kids suffer a devastating illness or injury that’s treatable, yet must opt for euthanasia because they don’t have the funds to pay for treatment or surgery. The veterinary community even has a name for it – “economic euthanasia.” It me

A Simple Act Makes a Difference

The Goodness Principle, 1-10-2017 http://www.thegoodne ... difference

Two women in Albuquerque set out to brighten the lives of veterans.

Chopper the Biker Dog

The Goodness Principle Blog, September, 2017 http://www.thegoodne ... -celebrity

f you live in the San Diego vicinity, no doubt at some point you’ve seen a little Boston Terrier dressed up as a biker in a black leather vest, biker goggles, sporting a “doo rag”, bandana around his neck, and riding a miniature motorcycle that looks like a pint-sized Harley Davidson. He’s always wi

Out of Tragedy Blessings and Miracles Arise

The Goodness Principle, May 2019 http://thegoodnesspr ... cles-arise

On April 17, 2013 at 7:51 p.m. a catastrophic disaster struck the small town of West, Texas, a farming community 20 miles north of Waco. First a fire at 7:30 pm, then a cataclysmic explosion 21 minutes later at the town’s fertilizer plant shook the town and its residents to its core.

Once Upon a Snail

The Community Chronicle, May 2019 https://www.facebook ... 024399645/

A lifelong fear of snails makes gardening challenging. But this author finds ways around the garden critters.

Seeds: A Love/Hate Relationship

The Community Chronicle, June 2019

Losing one's seed-growing mojo is not easy to accept.

Bugged Out

The Community Chronicle, July 2019

In Texas, no-see-um bugs can make a meal out of you in moments. It took a year to figure out that organic and alternative methods don't work on these devious little bugs. Ya gotta go for the big guns to keep the microscopic critters from turning you into a full-time buffet.

Quilts From the Heart

The Community Chronicle, August 2019

Sometimes quilts provide much more than warmth. Often they comfort in unexpected ways.

Persevering in a Texas Garden

The Community Chronicle, September 2019

There's gardening and then, there's gardening in Texas. And it ain't easy.

October Winds

The Community Chronicle, October 2019

As the days grow cooler and shorter, a special kind of magic fills the air every October.

The Thanksgiving Pie That Wasn’t

The Community Chronicle, November 2019

Learning not to cook when under the throes of the flu.

Saving a Small Life

The Community Chronicle, January 2020

A little dog came looking for love and a forever home.

An Improbable Love Story

The Community Chronicle, February 2020

Embracing My Gray Self

The Community Chronicle, May 2020

Revolting against a societal norm proves to be an act of bravado.

The Art of Porch Sittin'

The Community Chronicle, July 2020

Who doesn’t remember that when it was hotter inside than it was outdoors, people headed to the porch to sit a spell and relax, talk to family and friends, unwind and wait for the fireflies to make their evening appearance? It became a tradition long ago, especially here in the south, and a way of li


Hope in a Child's Garden

The Community Chronicle, August 2020

After witnessing something recently, something extraordinary in its simplicity, I realized that we might just return to what our lives were like before havoc rained down upon us. Until that moment, I didn’t even realize that I’d been craving the comfort of ordinariness, of normality.


Silver Linings in the Twilight Zone

The Community Chronicle, November 2020

Finding gratitude in a time of unrest.

A Hero in Blue

The Community Chronicle, December 2020

An angel walks among us and he wears a blue uniform.

Being Able to Defend Myself

The Community Chronicle, February 2021

If someone threatens your life, what are you going to do?

Can Creative Writing Heal a Wounded Soul?

Community Chronicle, May 2021

Writing is about a lot more than putting down one word after another. To the contrary, it has a cathartic, healing effect.

An Unlikely Adoption

Community Chronicle, July 2021

The local Justice of the Peace called one day and prodded us into adopting an 8 week-old, 2 pound kitten he found sitting on a tire in his pickup truck's wheel.

The Bucket List

Community Chronicle, September 2021

I finally have a bucket list, but I doubt that I'll get to everything before I cross over.

A Cure for Writer's Block

Community Chronicle, November 2021

Curing writer's block works for other maladies too, such as procrastination, anxiety, boredom, exhaustion, and anything keeping you down.

The Light and the Two Wolves

Dr. Kat's Positivity Blog, 12/09/2021 https://drkatspositi ... estcorner/

A sign in a small town shop window took my breath away. It gave me hope and affirmed my faith in the light.

Great Love

The Community Chronicle, February 2022

Is great love all it is purported to be? Maybe, maybe not.

Galveston, Oh Galveston

The Community Chronicle, April 2022

A bucket list visit to Galveston proves to be all I hoped for and a few surprises along the way.

Rise Up West

Texas Coop Power Magazine, April 2023 https://texascooppow ... pril-2023/

On April 17, 2013 the town of West, TX was nearly obliterated when the fertilizer plant in town caught fire and exploded minutes later. Many thought the small farm town could not survive such a horrific tragedy. It did and is as vibrant as ever.

The Sweetest Family

Texas Coop Power Magazine, January 2024 https://texascooppow ... -family-2/

For 92 years, Atkinson Candy Co. has been sweetening lives in all 50 states and several other countries. Some know the company for their hit candies from decades ago: Chick-O-Stick, Slo Poke, Black Cow, Mint Twists and Long Boys, to name a few. And it’s still churning out sweets in East Texas.


Oh, Los Cabos

Arizona Daily Star, 1-8-2006 http://tucson.com/tr ... 13566.html

If Tucson were next to an ocean, it would likely look much like Los Cabos, the region at the tip of the Baja California peninsula where the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the aquamarine Gulf of California meet the stark contrast of the desert.

41 and 49 are Lucky Numbers on Way to Yosemite

San Diego Union-Tribune, 2-12-2006 http://legacy.sandie ... yroad.html

Billowing clouds reminiscent of whitecaps float over the Sierra Nevada. Bursts of flaxen sunlight burnish the rugged terrain, home to Yosemite National Park. Such grandeur can best be reached by car, but most people driving to Yosemite National Park travel straight through, never realizing that gett

Hit the Spot

San Diego Union Tribune, 4-17-2005 http://legacy.sandie ... yjump.html

Something happens when you arrive in Key West. You get off the plane or step out of the car, and one of Jimmy Buffett's phrases come to mind, even if you don't know his music: "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes." When you go "down island," the balmy breezes steeped in tropical fragrance swe

Environmental/public policy

Biogas Report

Private client project, 10-11-2017 http://www.planetenergynow.com

Copy edited an 18,000 word paper (64 pages) on biogas for Planet EnergyNow's client, Clean Energy Solutions Center on behalf of the Global Bioenergy Partnership.

Ghost Writing

The Very Best Home Improvement Guide

Book, 2007 https://tinyurl.com/ybl5lqyq

Hired to ghost write a book on home improvement from how to hire a contractor to how to procure a loan to decorating tips to what to look for in a plumber or electrician, to other useful tips.