After 26 years in journalism and opinion writing, I am off onto a new path: writing books! My first book, “The Elements of Horse Spirit — How Humans and Horses Heal Each Other,” will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in June 2020. I am currently working on a second book for Llewellyn, and someday, hopefully, a third, fourth, fifth, and beyond!
Horses are my lifelong passion and in my first book, I am thrilled to have an opportunity and platform to reveal and explore all that horses have to offer, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Horses are the best four-legged psychotherapists on the planet!
Writing books was/is my ultimate career goal, and horses helped me get there — in particular, my amazing, magical equine partner, Pendragon. He was the inspiration for both setting off on a new career path, and for writing my first book.
In my writing, I seek to inspire, challenge, entertain, and comfort. My education and distant background were in psychology and the social services field, and I additionally have been a massage therapist for 20 years. I am focused upon healing, physically and psychologically. My books come from a Goddess-centric perspective, and are earth and nature focused.
I am an average, garden variety, eclectic Pagan, and am constantly exploring the mystical, magical realms. Besides writing, healing, and horses, I am a perpetual student of the Tarot, and lead monthly workshops where others learn about themselves and make changes in their lives, drawing inspiration from Pamela Colman Smith’s iconic, archetypal images.
Although I no longer write a weekly opinion column, I do toss my opinions and observations out on this blog, which you are invited to share — Liberally, of course!
During my tenure as managing editor, the Winters Express won First Place in General Excellence in the California News Publishers Associations’ Better Newspapers Contest in 2000, as well as second and third place awards in General Excellence in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest.
My specialty is opinion writing. I have five first place awards from the National Newspaper Association for column writing, one second and two thirds. At the state level, I have four first place awards in column writing from the California News Publishers Association, and three second place awards, as well as first place awards in Breaking News (2014) and Coverage of Business News (2018).
I was the winner of the national column writing talent search for the Front Porch Syndicate in 2002 and was nationally syndicated in The Front Porch magazine for several years until the publication closed. I was a judge in the California News Publishers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest for 24 years, and an essay judge for the Yolo County Academic Decathlon competition for 10 years.
I am the co-founder of iPinion Syndicate, and served as CEO and managing editor from 2010-17. I self-published two anthologies for iPinion using CreateSpace. I continue to serve as a contributor, advisor, mentor, and desktop publisher for iPinion Syndicate. I have been a writing coach for scores of budding columnists and reporters over the years, and helping writers to be the best they can be is one of my greatest joys.
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