God Used Adoption to Save… All of Us

  Original publication in Inheritance Magazine, May 2017 https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/god-used-adoption-to-save-all-of-us WHAT HAVE I DONE? I quietly asked myself this countless times the first year with our adopted child. Bonding was a challenge. When he desperately reached out to a strange man in the airport and I felt repeatedly rejected in this manner, I wondered, “What have I […]

A Stroll Through Historic Olvera Street

  Originally published in The Quarterly, Spring 2016 issue In the heart of historic Los Angeles, across from Union Station, lies a charming burst of colors, culture and cuisine. Olvera Street is one of the oldest streets in LA, a shoppers delight and a snapshot into history. This living museum is home to some of […]

Leo Politi’s “Moy Moy” Celebrated

  Originally published 1.21.15 in “A Stone’s Throw” Column in the South Pasadena Review Last Thursday, dancing lions roamed the streets of South Pasadena, winding through the farmer’s market, blinking lit-up eyes, flapping wiggly ears and ushering a crowd into the community room of the public library. As the lively percussion band and lion dancers […]

CERT Classes Empower People to Prepare for Emergencies

  Part 1 of 2: Published 9.24.15, South Pasadena Review When disaster strikes, it’s too late to prepare. And in California, an earthquake, a fire, a windstorm or even your car breaking down on the way to Vegas in 100-degree heat can turn into an emergency situation very quickly. We know this, and yet many, […]

A Gorgeous Story Set in a Beautiful Era

For a good summer read that whisks you to Paris (circa 1888) try Belle Epoque, Elizabeth Ross’ lovely debut novel for young adults and more mature audiences alike. Belle Epoque or the “beautiful era” from about 1870 to 1914 (just before WWI) was a time when art and abundance flourished in France. The Eiffel Tower […]

Appreciating Artistic Easter Eggs

Originally published in The Quarterly magazine, Spring 2013 Every morning, ordinary chicken eggs are cracked into frying pans. The content satisfies hunger and nourishes the body; and often, nothing more is thought of it… that is, until another egg dish is created or Easter rolls around. In the spring, the commonplace breakfast item demands attention […]

Picture Book Review: Ferdinand is Still Fiercely Good

Some spoilers ahead. One of my top 10 favorite picture books of all time is celebrating its 75th birthday! The Story of Ferdinand was written by Munro Leaf, beautifully and comically illustrated by Robert Lawson. There is something endearing and timeless about this well-told story with a universally common theme. I know this, not because it […]