How to Honor Mom’s Memory This Mother’s Day? With Laughter!

In honor of my mom this Mother’s Day, I will read Bossypants by Tina Fey. Not because she was bossy (even though, in her pre-retirement life as a school secretary, she could definitely BE bossy!).  And also, not because I am bossy (even though I am). My stolen copy of Bossypants has been perched on … More How to Honor Mom’s Memory This Mother’s Day? With Laughter!

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Her Breath on My Cheek: Mom’s kiss was just the Christmas gift I needed

The past week or so has been a whirlwind of activity with holiday events and work activities (sometimes with the two rolled up into one), filling up my days…and evenings…and early mornings. Fun? You bet. But even the excitement of celebrating professional successes and spending time with friends I adore can make this girl tired … More Her Breath on My Cheek: Mom’s kiss was just the Christmas gift I needed

Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season

Originally published in Bakersfield Life, November 2015 As an only child, I treasured our holiday gatherings, filled with my large and animated extended family. As an adult, I appreciate those get-togethers even more. But now, there’s an empty chair at our holiday table. Even while part of me is looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, … More Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season

In Honor of My Friend and Mentor…and Boss of Long Ago

I learned today that my friend and mentor of 27 years…my former boss…has lost his life to a battle with leukemia. I count myself lucky to have considered Steve Ruggenberg a “forever friend,” and mentor at the times I have needed it most: early in my career, and recently as I explore my passion for … More In Honor of My Friend and Mentor…and Boss of Long Ago