October 14, 2023
Excited I've been chosen to speak at this year's event!
Title of my TEDx Talk--
ROB the Trauma: Steal Back Your Life
October 5, 2023
Thrilled Bright Eyes-A Memoir made the list of FINALISTS in the SFWC Writing Contest!
August 24, 2023
Thrilled to be back with
Two Old Bucks to give updates about Bright Eyes-A Memoir
& to share the chat with my talented friend, Bruce Rettig
April 26, 2023
Backing vocalist for Duran Duran, Anna Ross has performed with Duran Duran, Tina Turner
& other icons!
We chat about the creative process & writing our way through & out of out of trauma.
April 19, 2023
Very touched to be asked to speak at Alpine County's First Five Rainbow Awards because this group's focus is child abuse prevention and celebrating the adults who support and nurture our youth.
Amazing evening! Kids gave adults in their lives awards for being positive, healthy role models!
April 1, 2023
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER --True stories about motherhood. Hilarious, heartwarming & emotionally intense & profound, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER entertains & brings community together, leaving everyone feeling a little less alone &
a little more understood.
Chatted with Live Violence Free about how we can use the same traits we developed to survive abusive lives to create our own happily ever after. Humbled to be on this podcast because LVF's work is beautiful & important.
Two Old Bucks invited me to talk about Bright Eyes & to read
"We Owned the Night"
Take a listen here:
Honored to have my story featured in MUTHA Magazine's January issue.
Essay linked here:
My work with LGBT+ youth is featured in California Educator
Stories of working with LBGT+ youth as we navigated a brave & more truthful world.
Sameer Jha graciously titled the chapter about me
"Profile of an Extraordinary Teacher"
Grateful to have earned this award from my community several times!
Bright Eyes is the book that's been burning in my belly since I was little--the one that tells on the bad guys (and girls) and says thank you to the many rescuers who saved me.
I've been teaching English since 1999 in South Lake Tahoe, California. Although the last couple of years have been rough stuff, I LOVE what I get to do!
I started this memoir on September 14, 1999 (the day after this photo!) and am now in the final stages!
Maybe my writing journey--even though I don't know what the hell I'm doing--will encourage you to begin yours!
I was invited to write about my journey to meet the band
Published March 2020
My former student, Heather Dominguez, was my partner!
Of course, there's a little Duran Duran in the routine!
Teachers have summer jobs!