I never intended to write a memoir. So, here’s how that happened…

(This essay first published in Good News magazine, May 2015, to honor and promote celiac disease awareness month.) I’m sitting in the cafeteria a


(Title essay from my memoir, originally published in The MacGuffin) Four months after moving in to the run-down mobile home, I still hadn’t g


This essay/memoir excerpt first appeared in Pithead Chapel. ~ My boss admitted she’d hired me for my personality. Past events had inspired her to

Sled Team

A version of this excerpt from MUSH first published in Oh Comely ~ I declared a red alert for puppy arrival to all my colleagues and supervisor

Without Words

This excerpt from my memoir first published in Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine. ~ Kneeling between the leaders at the front of the lines, I

My Rare Disease

In honor of celiac disease awareness month and in an effort to do my part in helping to raise awareness, I posted "My Rare Disease," the story of my c

My Rare Disease Part 10: A Note on Celiac Disease

Back to Part 9: Diagnosis ~ It has been nine years since my diagnosis, and I am still learning. I am sure I will never stop. I consider myself luck

My Rare Disease Part 9: Diagnosis

Back to Part 8: Rare Disease ~ Human powers of denial surpass those of reason by what seems like an exponential degree. And maybe it wasn’t surpr

My Rare Disease Part 8: Rare Disease

Back to Part 7: Tests ~ Around day seven they started doing different tests to explore the possibility that it might not be the stomach virus that

My Rare Disease Part 7: Tests

Back to Part 6: Pride ~ At night, the nurses took blood samples to monitor my condition. They came in every couple of hours, beginning at 11:00 p.m