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Looking for samples of my writing? Check out my pieces featured on several national publications.


Why Didn’t Mary Barra “Lean In” When Talking to Matt Lauer?

How Two Introvert Parents Raise an Extrovert Child

Ann marie Houghtailing Shows “How to Create a Dollar Out of Thin Air”

Kentucky Writer Explores the Complexities of Arab and Jewish Women in the American South

Jana Klingseis Dares to Dream With Disney on Ice

Kate Gauthier, Disney on Ice Star, on Playing Cinderella

“Mormon Girl” Talks About Faith, Family, Struggles and Writing

The Elf on the Shelf Scares Me

Explaining 9/11 to Children

The RNC and Me

Circus Performer and Mom Says She DOES Have It All

I Feel Bad About Nora Ephron

The Awkward Days of High School

My Beloved Homemade Dollhouse: A Tribute to My Mom

Chocolate Bunny vs. Matzo: The Spring Dilemma

Charlotte’s Web and the Power of Words

The “Joys” of Mother-Daughter Shoe Shopping

Reflecting on the Wonder Years

The Politics of Girl Scout Cookies

Saying “I Do” to an Interfaith Wedding


3 Tools You Need to Use to Market Your Business


The Jeremiah Program Proves Why It’s Critical to Invest in Single Mothers

How to Accumulate Wealth With Just $50 a Month

How Far Will We Go for Equal Pay?

So You Wanna Be a Writer? Start a Blog!

Money Grows Not From Trees But Childhood Roots


Wall Street Comes to SDSU with the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Laboratory (Fall 2012 issue, page 4)


3 Tips to Get You Writing


Community Farming at Paul Ecke Ranch (Spring 2014 issue, page 29)

Polite Provisions Stirs Up Home Bartending (Winer 2013 issue, page 15)

Take Me Out for Some Coffee (Winer 2013 issue, page 15)

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Offers Coffee Like No Other (Winter 2012 issue, page 42)

Bates Nut Farm: A Halloween Tradition (Fall 2012 issue)

Jimbo’s Naturally … Delivers Thanksgiving to Teachers (Fall 2012 issue)

Farmer’s Markets Strive to Make Food Accessible to All (Spring 2012 issue, page 4)


Locally Grown Food Equals a Delicious Dinner


Muscle Man: Research on the Lowly Fruit Fly May Uncover New Treatments for Human Muscle Disease

Travel By the Book

A New First Lady for SDSU (page 22)

Presidential Honor Roll


In Memoriam: Valerie Cook-Morales – February 24, 2012

Writers Conference Attracts Worldwide Talent - February 8, 2012

In Memoriam: Paul J. Vanderwood – December 16, 2011

Bill Leonhard’s Gifts Support Engineering Students, Faculty – November 16, 2011

The Generosity of Friends – May 17, 2011

I am an Aztec For Life – March 24, 2010

Touring SDSU from Wherever You Are: The New Wave of Virtual College Tours – May 29, 2009


Peggy Orenstein Reflects on Princesses and Parenting

The Working Mother Transitions

Teaching Kids Sustainability Through Sukkot

Modern Parenting: From the Grandparent’s Perspective

Tips for a Kid-Friendly Rosh Hashanah

Good Night and Sleep Tight

What to Expect vs. Reality


Variety of Blog Posts

Variety of Blog Posts


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Introducing Sanford Children’s Library: The Newest Place to Read & Learn

5 Indie Bookstores for Your Fall Reading Fix

Get Your Kids Cooking at The Good Food Factory

13 Patches to Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

Spooktacular Halloween Events in San Diego

Get Your Groove on at the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival

How Our Editor Spent Her Summer in San Diego

Meet SoCal’s 8 Coolest Dads

The Kid-Friendliest San Diego Shopping Centers

CLIF Kid Backyard Games: The Perfect Way to Beat Summer Boredom

Essential Apps for Your Trips Around San Diego

Spring Clean Your Books for a Good Cause

Give a Book on Behalf of Sandy Hook

5 Earth Day Events Worth Going Green For

Sweet Alternatives to the Traditional Birthday Cake

Your Lucky Guide to SoCal’s St. Patrick’s Day Events

7 Activities to Show Your Love for Valentine’s Day

Turn Your Candy Into Cash: SoCal Candy Buy Backs

Don’t Miss the Only Halloween Parade in Town

Halloween Costume Shopping Made Easy and Inexpensive

Hauntingly Festive San Diego Pumpkin Patches

The Pumpkin Patch of All Pumpkin Patches

Haunted Halloween Activities for Your Little Ghost

5 Tips to Make Rosh Hashanah Kid Friendly

‘Tis the Season for Apple Picking

Back to School Shopping Without Breaking the Bank

This Little Piggy Went to … the Nail Salon

Downward Facing Toddler: 4 Family Yoga Studios

The Circus is Coming to Town

The Newest Hub for Creativity

Ready for 4th of July Fun?

Go Out of This World at the Fair

Splash Into Summer with San Diego Water Parks

Stay Cool with Hot Summer Movies

Ready to “U-Pick” Your Own Strawberries?

Summer Reads: Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Imagination Gone Wild: An Awesome Kids Festival

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The Most Convenient Birthday Parties … Ever

5 Tips for a Kid-Friendly Passover

Birthday Party Venues that Kids (and Parents) Love

Getting Creative: 4 San Diego Art Studios for Kids

5 Top Mexican Restaurants for San Diego Kids


Doesn’t God Listen to Little Children? – April 25, 2012

Your Chlid Asks, What Does it Mean to be Jewish? – April 24, 2011

How Do You Explain Death to Young Children? -January 28, 2011

Saying “I Do” to an Interfaith Wedding – August 13, 2010

What a Fabulous Mother-in-Law – May 7, 2010


Salovey Sees Several Shows “Standouts”at Jewish Arts Festival

Jewish Arts Festival Entertains, Unites Community

Names – What’s a Jewish Woman to Do?

Explaining Death to a Little Child

Mommy, What is Prayer?

A Torah Dedication for Baby Max’s Mar Mitzvah

The Spring Dilemma


Creating Lasting Connections: Through Chavurot and Beyond

A Place for People of the Book

Religious School: A Safe Place to be Jewish

The URJ Biennial is Coming to San Diego

Honoring a Mother and a Father — And an Entire Congregation (page 1)

A Torah Dedication for Max’s Bar Mitzvah (page 1)

Teen Liza Gurtin Earns Prestigous Award (page 13)

Facebook: Beth Israel’s Online Chavurah (page 9)

Beth Israel Couple Makes the World a Greener Place (page 9)

Meet the Haubenstocks (page 5)

Knit and Nosh Creates and Warms Community (page 5)

CBI Gearing Up to Celebrate 150th Anniversary (page 7)


Take the Kids on a Color Walk

San Diego Gets a New Ice Cream Sensation

Let’s Make a Birdhouse

Homemade “Thank You” Notes (Or Recycled Art)

Candy Corn Cookies

DIY Children’s Activity: Rainbow Cookies


The Joy of Pine Cones

Let’s Make a Bird House

Welcome to the Reading Corner

Homemade Thank You Notes (Or Recycled Kids Art Projects)


Do You Feel Like You Don’t Fit In?

A-HA Moments Lead to Positive Change in Challenging Career Situations


July/August 2011

Community Feasts for the Fireworks (page 7)

Sandburg School Principal Leads with the Heart (pages 22 – 23)

Jeff Stevens: Mira Mesa Resident and Member of the Global Geophysics Community (page 27)

May/June 2011

Local Elementary School Finds New Way of Teaching (page 3)

Pam Stevens Gives Mira Mesa National Attention Through a New Book (page 12)

March/April 2011

Marauder Seniors Graduate with Academics and Athletic Pride (pages 12 – 14)

Marinello Schools of Beauty Offers Hands-on Education (page 17)

“Marvelous Marv” Miles Beautifies Mira Mesa (page 20)

March and April Holidays (page 22)

January/February 2011

Happy New Year in February: Chinese and Vietnamese New Year (pages 12 – 13)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Locally! (page 16)

The Art of Yoga as Exercise (page 20)

November/December 2010

Matzo Stuffing: A Jewish Twist on a Thanksgiving Tradition

Gift Giving Ways to Save This Holiday Season

Top Tips for Holiday Party Planning

September/October 2010

What’s in Seasons for Fall Produce?

Maddox Park Gives Mira Mesa Dogs a Place to Call Home

A Sweet Jewish New Year — Rosh Hashanah


Chocolae Bunny vs. Matzo: The Spring Dilemma – April 11, 2011

Chanukah Latkes 101 – December 1, 2010

The Book That Started My Jewish Journey – November 19, 2010

It’s Hip to be  Jewish – October 26, 2010

What’s in a Name? – October 1, 2010


What’s Prince Charming Selling? at Wendy Nielsen: Writing a New Story

The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns at Great Thoughts

Jennifer Niven Soars to New Heights at Great Thoughts

‘Tis the Season of Forced Giving at Margaret Dilloway, American Housewife

The Dance We Do at The Garden Gate

Work, Marriage and Family at Such Small Steps

Inspiration in Nature for Writing at What I Saw…

Perfecting the Chocolate Chip Cookie at Shari Lopatin: Rogue Writer

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2011 9:04 am

    I’m not sure how I found your blog…I think it was from Megan @ whatever. But when I saw Mira Mesa!! I about flipped! I used to live there…and was a Marauder for a few years. I always love seeing & reading things about the San Diego area…makes me feel a little bit @ home. :)

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