PUBLICATIONS

Travel, living well, art, and my path to motherhood via high tech medicine are some of the subjects I’ve written about for major publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Atlantic.com. If you’d like to speak with me about a writing project, please contact me here.

A Hard Bargain - O, The Oprah Magazine

Early birds were already crowding the driveway of the Los Angeles estate when I approached with my mother, her gait tilted by the feeding tube in her side. Spread on tables were objects left behind by the house’s late owners, Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores: boater hats, a dart board, kitchen utensils.

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Lost In Transition - Down East Magazine

On a humid summer night in central Maine, inside a defunct 1834 gristmill, Erin French is working in an open kitchen, moving purposefully between an elegant Lacanche range and a white double farmhouse sink. The dining room’s seven tables are full, and candlelight softens the faces of the guests, just barely illuminating

 

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All Together Now - O, The Oprah Magazine

All Together Now is the title of my story in O Magazine about our life here in Spain. What I never anticipated when my mom died over a year ago is that it would lead to the creation of a priceless new definition of family. I will always be thankful for this gift.

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The Road Taken - Los Angeles Magazine

One minute you’re an anchorwoman in L.A. The next you’re unemployed. What to do? Why not rent out your house, pack up your bags (and your family), and travel Ruta 40 in Argentina? Or sell your cars to pay your way to Machu Picchu? Or ditch your Botox injections to see hippos in Africa? Whether you’re going camping in Montana, freezing your ass off in Iceland, or hanging on tight while leaping off a cliff in Croatia, you may well discover that the best part of you

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Surrogacy: Joyful, Frightening, Always Risky - TheAtlantic.com

I first met Dawn Bennett in 2007 at my fertility doctor’s office. Her long black hair was pulled back from a face with almond-shaped eyes and a casual smile, as if the idea of carrying my baby in her body was no bigger deal than a night of babysitting. With five failed IVFs, a trio of miscarriages, and my 41st birthday behind me, I didn’t know whether to shake the hand of this potential surrogate mother or hug her, so great was my fear that she would disappear if

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A Wicked Sense of Humor - Down East Magazine

Anne Taintor has one blue eye and one green, a pastel combination that dazzles when the sun streaks into the barn of her 1783 farmhouse in Portland.  Her dog Stella, a black and white stray Taintor picked up years ago, has different colored eyes, too — brown and ice-blue — which make them an unusual pair as we walk down a green hill to the Stroudwater River. There we sit in white Adirondack-style chairs, two women talking about our families and our futures as three snow-white geese glide in the

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Chess on Ice - Down East Magazine

My curling coach’s name was Joe. Dressed head-to-toe in black, looking just like Zorro with no mask, Joe was six-feet, three-inches tall, dark-haired, and fit — just the kind of guy to pique my interest in a wintertime sport that involves throwing forty-four pound rocks toward the opposing team and falling on your butt a lot. I probably would have quit the “Intro To Curling” class that my husband, Ethan, and I attended one cold Saturday if Joe hadn’t been so darn cute.We arrived at the Belfast Curling Club

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The Great Communicator - Orange Coast Magazine

Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino was poolside at the Madalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas in May when the first reporter rang his cell phone to discuss the five memmbers of a San Clemente family who’d been found dead inside their home. He took that call–and 85 more. That’s Amormino’s style: all access

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Snapshots from Ground Zero - San Diego Magazine

September 20 is our first day at Ground Zero. Getting here is difficult, because security is tight and there are miles to walk before the scene unfolds. Walking down Broadway with cameraman Paul Makarushka, I get my first overwhelming view of what used to be the World Trade Center.

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Bayside, Maine: A Refreshing Reminder of a Simpler Time - The Washington Post

There is no grocery store if you run out of milk halfway through Sunday breakfast. The only gas station is a mile out of town. And if you want high-speed Internet access, a jury-rigged antenna hitting a relay beacon across Penobscot Bay brings spotty service at best. The tiny Victorian village of Bayside also has no movie theaters, tourist shops, restaurants or hotels. That’s what makes it the perfect vacation place.

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Rallying or Films of a Lifesaving Sort - Los Angeles Times

At a recent cocktail party at her parents’ Hollywood Hills home, Ann Reiner looked scared. While the daughter of former Los Angeles County District Attorney Ira Reiner is used to the public spotlight, it’s usually not pointed at her. Wearing a floral print dress and combat boots, Reiner nervously twisted her silver rings as her father introduced her to about 60 business leaders in entertainment, media, and politics. Perhaps it was the fading light in the lush,

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Bally Rally - San Diego Union Tribune

The beach at Jimbaran Bay flickered with hundreds of points of light. Candles perhaps, or small campfires, or some incandescent sea creature we had yet to hear of? My new fiancé, Ethan, and I (he had popped the question that day at sunset) decided to investigate. We made the half-mile trek down the crescent-shaped beach to solve the mystery and ended up discovering the Jimbaran Cafes, a succession

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