An Unforgettable Night!


A fabulous crowd of family and friends joined me on December 4th to celebrate my very first Book Reading and Signing Party for Stretch Marks, my debut memoir. I basked in the love coming from all directions and distances! I was floating on the adulation after eight years of writing, doubting, revising, and doubting even more as completion drew near. It was wonderful to finally thank everyone present for encouraging me throughout the years!


Writing a book, much like raising a child, takes a village. I was thrilled to gaze upon Eanlai Cronin, Mary Howe, Ellen Reilly, and Alexandra Kennedy who are part of my writing village.

 And to my family members and friends in far away places, who longed to be present, but couldn’t, just know that I felt your immense love and support!

Reading from my book was magical, (I know corny, but true.) and glorious to hear my words, my hard-won struggles prance out and dazzle the room. Locking eyes with my audience and knowing we are in the exact emotional moment was thrilling and I look forward to many more book events!


For those of my friends and wonderful supporters who weren’t able to attend, no worries! You may purchase a paperback copy at Bookshop Santa CruzCapitola Book Café, and Logos Books & Records.

I’m also delighted that my memoir is available at the Santa Cruz Public Library.

You may also buy it on Amazon.


National Adoption Day-November 23, 2013

JOURNAL-CALENDARHaving the experience of a failed domestic adoption and a turbulent international adoption, I know the process takes a monumental toll on our lives.

But there is hope and help, thanks to the  NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY campaign.

NAD_logoNational Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families.

In total, National Adoption Day helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family. Communities across the county celebrate the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. In 2012, more than 4,500 children were adopted by their forever families during the 13th annual National Adoption Day celebration in almost 400 cities across the United States.

This year the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day, on November 23, 2013.”

For more information, please visit Nationaladoptionday.org