The Art of Accompaniment
North Point Press, 1987
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
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
Call of the Whisperwind
Milagro Mountain Press, 2013
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,
Milagro Mountain Press, 2013
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
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.
More Than a Dream, January, 2019
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.
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.
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.
UCSD News, 1-7-2003
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 News, June 17, 2004
Two Rancho Penasquitos residents, who did not know each other, recently benefited from the first “domino” liver transplant procedure in San Diego County.
@UCSD, January 2006
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 News, 6-29-2006
A complicated surgery saves the lives of patients who would otherwise face death.
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.
alz.org, May 2012
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.
Alzheimer's Association website, 9-6-2016
Guest post for the Alzheimer's Association Blog
San Diego Union-Tribune, 1999
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
TMI-Inc website, February 2016
The Goodness Principle, 5-28-2016
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.
The Goodness Principle Blog, 7-24-2016
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.
The Goodness Principle Blog, 10-21-2016
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
The Goodness Principle, 1-10-2017
Two women in Albuquerque set out to brighten the lives of veterans.
The Goodness Principle Blog, September, 2017
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
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.
The Community Chronicle, May 2019
A lifelong fear of snails makes gardening challenging. But this author finds ways around the garden critters.
The Community Chronicle, June 2019
Losing one's seed-growing mojo is not easy to accept.
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.
The Community Chronicle, August 2019
Sometimes quilts provide much more than warmth. Often they comfort in unexpected ways.
The Community Chronicle, September 2019
There's gardening and then, there's gardening in Texas. And it ain't easy.
The Community Chronicle, October 2019
As the days grow cooler and shorter, a special kind of magic fills the air every October.
The Community Chronicle, November 2019
Learning not to cook when under the throes of the flu.
The Community Chronicle, January 2020
A little dog came looking for love and a forever home.
The Community Chronicle, February 2020
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
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.
The Community Chronicle, November 2020
Finding gratitude in a time of unrest.
The Community Chronicle, December 2020
An angel walks among us and he wears a blue uniform.
The Community Chronicle, February 2021
If someone threatens your life, what are you going to do?
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.
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.
Community Chronicle, September 2021
I finally have a bucket list, but I doubt that I'll get to everything before I cross over.
Community Chronicle, November 2021
Curing writer's block works for other maladies too, such as procrastination, anxiety, boredom, exhaustion, and anything keeping you down.
Dr. Kat's Positivity Blog, 12/09/2021
A sign in a small town shop window took my breath away. It gave me hope and affirmed my faith in the light.
Arizona Daily Star, 1-8-2006
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.
San Diego Union-Tribune, 2-12-2006
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
San Diego Union Tribune, 4-17-2005
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
Private client project, 10-11-2017
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.
The Very Best Home Improvement Guide
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.