"30 Below on Christmas Eve," Korean Veteran Interviews
University of Toledo Press, 2012

Article, "Four-legged Marine hero retired to Camp Pendleton,"
The San Diego Union-Tribune, Nov. 14, 2004, reprinted in
various military and veteran publications.

Oral Historian (Authorized)
The Late Maggie Houlihan, Encinitas Mayor & Councilwoman,
Environmentalist & Animal Activist, 1948-2011

2011 "Best of the Best" Awards Competition
Category: Community Service/Editorial
Association of Free Community Papers
1st Place:  "Ranch woman fights wireless industry to reduce
health risks"
2nd Place:  "Local doctor shares his views on EMF dangers"
3rd Place:  "Looming danger, man's cancer drives wife to
raise questions on cell phone health risks"

"The Backstory"
Distinguished Lecturer Series, June 9, 2009
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
University of California, San Diego

"The Washington Secretaries Oral History Project Interview"
Gayle Falkenthal Show, April 23, 2009
KCBQ-AM Radio, 1170
San Diego
Dorothy Parker, the American writer known for her keen observations, once
said that no one likes to write but everyone likes to "have written."

A well-crafted story can entertain, educate and inspire. It can reverse the
direction of one's life or the political climate of a nation.

I learned this first hand as a journalism student working for a major political
party in Washington, D.C. and later at The White House.

When I was a corporate communications writer for a software company, and
later as a public affairs director for a nonprofit, I used the power of the pen
to promote computer training as a means of lifting children and their families
out of poverty.

As a freelance reporter for  the The San Diego Union-Tribune and other  
publications,  I have had the privilege of profiling celebrities, entrepreneurs,
educators, leaders and ordinary people who enrich our community each day.

One of the favorite parts of my job is being an education reporter and
walking into a classroom to the hushed sounds of excited children
"The reporter is here!" It amazes me how eager we are, even as
kids, to share our opinions and experiences with others.

When all is said and done, I simply love the rewards that often come with
telling a good story.