Pie for Pi Day

The Well-Tempered Bean, or My Trip to Cocoatown

Not My First Rodeo: Winter Fancy Food Show 2017

Spirit Works Distillery: Wheat Women and Song

Taylor’s Sausages: Linked to the Past, Trending in the Present

Hot Buttered Rum: Official Drink of Presidents #1 and 2?

Doing Good While Drinking Well

Full Frontal Festival: The 42nd Telluride Film Festival

Eating Wildly: A Walk on the Wild Side

Grape Meets Bean

Through the Looking Glass into Candyland, Part 1

Winter Fancy Food Show, Part 2: The People Behind the Products

A Solo Flight to the Hangar: St. George Spirits in Alameda

Chefs on CHEF

A Star is Born at the Alley

An Oasis on Grand Avenue

The 41st Telluride Film Festival

Thirst for Happiness: A trip to the SF Craft Spirits Carnival

The Pen and the Sword: Cary Elwes Comes to San Francisco

Risa Dreams of Sushi: A visit to ICHI Sushi + NI Bar in San Francisco

Take Me Out to the Garden

A Shrub Grows in Berkeley

Telluride Film Festival Roundup 2017

You and Me Magazine

Ameloblastoma: What Happened Next

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Visions of LaDonna (nominated for the Pushcart Prize!)

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My Retrospect

The Old Ballgame

Sunshine of My Love

Both Sides Now

Gone With the Wind

A Year in the Life

A Long, Strange Trip

A Wish Fulfilled, the Hard Way

And in the End

Halloween Caper with My Daughter

An Unexpected Education

Chains of Love

Great Moments in Parenting


With Gratitude: Mean Girls

Masterpiece Dinner

Well, Hello!

There Was a Fire Here

Ball of Confusion

Sunnyside Up in Panzano

Triumph Over My Arch Nemeses

one’s not half two, it’s two are halves of one

Requiem for a Teacher


Meeting Madeleine

Easy Reader

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

My Aunt Rocks!

My Aunt Ruth

Alice’s Restaurant

We Are Family

Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now...Before We ForgetAvailable through Amazon and wherever books are sold


After 36 years, Berkeley’s Triple Rock brewpub is going strong

Berkeley’s sweetest factory tour is back in business

Iconic Oakland hot dog shop at the heart of new art exhibit

Where to find the East Bay’s crispiest and sweetest chicken and waffles

The crispiest, most comforting hash in the East Bay

8 East Bay restaurants that serve great brunch cocktails

Brunch Cocktails: A Brief History and Where to Find Them in the East Bay

First Look at the Hideaway

Season’s Heatings

The Kingfish: From Bait Shop to Beloved Dive

Angela’s Kitchen in Alameda

Boozy Slushies and Milkshakes

From the Ashes for She Writes Press

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  Listen to Your Mother, San Francisco 2014


How We Like Our Eggs

The House of Girls

30 Things I Learned from my Father, the Teacher

My Mr. Tambourine Man: A Teenage Romance

Period Piece: Tales from the Girl’s Room

I Want to Hold Your Hand

The Enchanted Castle:When baking becomes bonding

Primed to Apply

Mom’s treasures

The blessing of chores

Prodromal dreaming

Rebuilding while still grieving: After the fire



Rading between the lines in “Someone Like You”

Working on my Rewrite

In the Mood

Making a List

Back to the Beginning

Driving Home

I Was Here

How to be a writer

The Importance of the Simmer

Finding a Private Space and an Inner World

 Chopped Liver

KQED Perspectives

The Things We Made

Old is the New Young

The Unexamined Life

When Smoke is in the Air

A Safe and Supportive Abortion

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  Burnt Finger

Wax Angel

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  Read my essay here.  

Better After Fifty

Numbers: Taking My Sister to Chemo

I Put a Bird on it

Five Stages of the College App Process

Touch of Gray

The Eyes Have It

My Two Sons

You’ve Got to Change Your Hairy Ways, Baby

No Fail Cooking Ingredients 

YouTube video of my book launch, sponsored by a Great Good Place for Books

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