Essays

Writing essays moves me from experience to understanding. Navigating this journey on the page helps me makes sense of my life, and hopefully, nudges my readers toward their own epiphanies. I’ve honed my approach over the years and nearly every essay I’ve penned has been published—and two garnered “honorable mention” awards in the American Society of Journalists and Authors personal essay category. I adapted a third, Bunco!, into a screenplay. If you’re interested in optioning the rights, let’s talk.

The Angel Next Door, Good Housekeeping, August 2016

“The Angel Next Door”

Good Housekeeping

August 2016

My sneakers struck the pavement at a steady pace as I ran through the streets of my neighborhood. It was 6 pm, prime time for people to be returning home from work…

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“Being Sentenced To Bed Rest For 2 Months Saved My Marriage”

YourTango

December 16, 2015

I was on lock-down, but I’ve never felt more loved. When I was 20 weeks pregnant with twin boys, my husband Brandon and I danced…

“Declaring War on the Thumb Leaves Battle Scars”

New York Times “Motherlode”

July 20, 2015

A few months ago, I left the pediatrician’s office feeling as though I failed my children—and myself. With a new baby at home, my husband Brandon and I had become…

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“Charlie and Me”

Purple Clover

November 16, 2014

When my husband Brandon and I take a walk, I hold Charlie’s leash. I feed him, stroke his belly and give him treats. But Brandon is his hero. When he leaves…

Spirituality & Health

“The Accidental In-Law”

Spirituality & Health

March-April 2014

I woke at 6 a.m. and started cooking: spinach and mushroom quiche, bacon-egg scramble, even chocolate-dipped strawberries. What if they don’t like the food?…

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“He Toys with His Affections”

The Los Angeles Times

February 21, 2014

When I met my husband, Brandon, online, we covered most of the essentials over email. I knew he lived in Murrieta, 53 miles from my Seal Beach home…

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“The Legend of Mujadara”

Table Matters

January 31, 2013

Growing up, my two sisters and I chanted loudly for foods most kids would grimace at. Lima beans in a stew of tomato paste and water…

The Life You Save, Notre Dame Magazine, Winter 2008-2009

“The Life You Save”

Notre Dame Magazine

Winter 2008-2009

It was a warm Easter Sunday. Steve and I walked along the boardwalk in our flip-flops, stopping at an outdoor café for mimosas. We breezed through the awkward conversations…

Being Touched, O The Oprah Magazine, October 2009

“Being Touched”

O The Oprah Magazine

October 2009

I sat on the counter in a frilly pink dress, my hair in two pigtails. The smell of warm corn tortillas and sweet butter wafted under my nose. Burt turned away from the stove…

Newsweek, April 2009

“The Other Love of His Life”

Newsweeks

April 2009

When I woke up to my boyfriend’s kisses on a warm morning in July, I felt guilty. It was her birthday. And I was in her house. With her husband. In her bed…

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“Take a Bath with a Stranger?”

The Los Angeles Times

June 5, 2008

A dozen candles illuminated the bathroom with a soft glow — just enough light to see the bubbles and my glass of wine…

Friendship, Advice and a Roll of the Dice, Newsweek 2006

“Friendship, Advice and a Roll of the Dice”

Newsweek

2006

It was 11:30 on a school night and my mother and her friends were keeping me up. Again. the women—with their Farrah Fawcett hairstyles…

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