About Me

No experience is wasted, unless you fail to learn from it

I was a motherless daughter, but I’m also much more. I’ve been a scientist, a writer and editor, a teacher, a mentor, and an inveterate community volunteer. I’d like to think I’ve wasted none of those experiences and that I make good use of them in my writing. Science, writing, and teaching are great careers for the innately curious. My curiosity has led me down some fascinating roads!

I’m an active volunteer in programs that advocate for mentally ill adults, counsel abused or neglected children, promote literacy, and improve the well-being of those living with poverty and/or homelessness.

I was delighted that Mother of My Invention: A Motherless Daughter Memoir was awarded the Minerva Rising Press 2021 Memoir prize and will be published late in 2022. MRP’s mission to empower women writers is valuable, and I’m honored to be among those they’ve featured over the years.

I’m currently at work on a second memoir, Know Their Names, about becoming, in mid-life, a high school teacher to pregnant and parenting teen girls, without any teaching experience. I can confidently say my students taught me as much as I taught them!

I live with my husband and our two furry babies in Leander, Texas, just north of Austin.

Bella the dog and Ollie the cat
On the wrong side of every door.

Selected Publishing Credits

“Migration,” in Concho River Review, Spring/ Summer, 2022

The Broadmoor,” One Woman’s Day website, October 19, 2020

“My Pandemic Bubble,” Real Women Write, Dec. 2021 (Story Circle Network Anthology)

“Keep Current With a Journal Club,” The Science Teacher, Jan. 2017

“A Servant Story,” Lutheran Woman Today, July/Aug. 1998

Memberships:

Story Circle Network

National Association of Memoir Writers

Writers’ League of Texas

Organizations I Support:

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Round Rock Area Serving Center

Education Connection

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Central Texas

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