My essays have appeared in the following places:

Without a Net

This excerpt from my memoir was a Nonfiction Finalist in the 2018 Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing contest.

Why I Read and Write About Illness

Women Writers, Women’s Books
Why most books I read are memoirs about illness and/or death and why I focus my writing on the topic.

Familial Food

Hektoen International
After my father’s stroke, he received nutrition through a feeding tube because he wasn’t able to swallow anymore. He never lost the hunger for real food and the connection sharing food with our family. This excerpt from my memoir tells that story.

Seeing Through Mohammed’s Eyes

Corners: Voices in Change
Tells the story of how I came to see Morocco through the eyes of the driver who sometimes had my new husband and me holding on for dear life.

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Discovering Migraines

Hektoen International
Another excerpt from my forthcoming memoir: In the Absence: My Memoir of the Brain.

Without a Net

Open Thought Vortex Literary Magazine
Part of a Facing Our Fears series, this is another excerpt from my forthcoming memoir.


Prairie Gold an Anthology of the American Heartland
An essay of how I was unprepared to buy my first house, the unlikely source of help I found, and my heartbreak when I had to leave the neighborhood behind.


Being the Baby

Being a Grown Up: A User’s Guide to the Real World
An essay about the blessings and curses of being the baby of a family of nine.

Costume Accessory

Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn Award-Winning Stories from WomensMemoirs.com
This story tells of the one costume my dad made me for Halloween, complete with a real pitchfork from his shed. It won Honorable Mention from the WomensMemoirs.com Memoir Contest and is also published in

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Playing with Tradition

Christmas Traditions: True Stories that Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
An essay about the traditions of Christmas in a big family as it grows.

Forever Eighteen

Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos – And the Women Who Wear Them
An essay about my tattoo and how it will always tie me to my eighteenth year.

The Great Walnut Caper

Classic Christmas: True Stories of Holiday Cheer and Goodwill
An essay about a Christmas misunderstanding involving walnut ornaments.

The Smell of Lilacs

Stories of Strength
An essay about how I learned to remember my father after his death. It was the seed that started my memoir.