Writing

Health

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

Feature

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Travel

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.

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

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

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.

Books

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: 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.

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: 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.

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.