I am a writer, English teacher and baker living in Los Angeles with my family. I have three young adult children, the oldest of whom has a severe form of epilepsy and consequent developmental disabilities. Now twenty-seven years old, she is the inspiration for much of my life’s work as an advocate for children with special needs, for caregivers, and in healthcare and disability rights. My work has been published in several literary journals, including The Michigan Review, three anthologies, Spirituality and Health Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and I’ve been a contributor to several prominent websites, including OnBeing and Gratefulness.org. In 2014, SheBooks published my micro-memoir, Hope for a Sea Change as an e-book, and I post regularly at a moon, worn as if it had been a shell, a blog of musings on politics, parenting, disability and poetry, along with photographs. In 2015, I was awarded a prestigious writing residency by Hedgebrook and worked for three weeks on Whidbey Island in Washington State on a work of creative non-fiction. I am a freelance writer and editor, have ghostwritten two works of non-fiction and regularly serve as proofreader for an international company that translates health industry documents. I currently work as an English teacher at a small private school and emphatically say that it’s the best job outside of being a mother that I’ve ever had.

A voracious reader and professional baker when time permits, I am passionate about all things culinary and lead a monthly literary and food salon at my home called Books & Bakes. During my vast swathes of free time, I am also the mother and caregiver, of course, to two young adult sons and my daughter.

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This is the place where poetry, politics, caregiving, disability and the ocean intersect with the body. That body is mine and yours.

A podcast about The Grit and Grace of Caregiving, hosted by me and Jason Lehmbeck.