About

So you want to know who I am?  I’m a reinvented boomer, a warrior, a survivor, and the happiest healthiest sick person I know.  I’ve been living with recurrent cancers for twenty years  and survived two financial wipe-outs.  I’ve lost eighty pounds, kept it off for several years, but am struggling to get to my total goal of one hundred  pounds. I’m the only person I’ve ever met who wears a Fentanyl patch for pain and runs 5K’s.  I may be in bed afterwards, but I can do it.  I have cancer, but I’m healthy, I’ve fallen down from pain, depression, loss of financial stability, and all the emotional stuff in between, but I always get back up.  Always.  I’m the happiest person I know.  I love my husband,  my kids, and my dogs, although I’m not sure if I love them in that order.  Please join me as I blog about all the times I keep falling down.  I’ll try to teach you how it is that I always get back up.Rocky

(By the way, in front of  the statue of Rocky are all the people standing in line to snap a pic with him after we ran the race.  Behind the statue? Well that’s me, getting an awesome pic without the line…that’s just how I roll!)

award-112x150 I’ve been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists as a 2015 award-winning columnist!

I’m a syndicated columnist for Senior Wire, and a freelance writer for WHYY’s Newsworks, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I’m also a frequent contributor to ZestNow, and Boomercafe, as well as a blogger for The Huffington Post.  I currently live smack dab between Philadelphia and New York City with husband Marty, dogs Maggie, Hazel, and Ginger, a collection of fish, said husband’s cockatoo who I’ve been trying to roast for dinner for the last thirty-three years, and a few occasional uninvited guests.

My book, Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can’t Take To The Bank, publishes in March of 2018.

In past lives, I’ve done everything from convention coordinating, sales, book fairs, non-profit fundraising, public speaking/teaching, and most importantly, mommying.  I have a passion for children, their stable home lives, nurturing, and education which makes me passionate about

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Court Appointed Special Advocates for children.

I also have a passion to end the stigma of Mental Illness, please support

 

 

 

In my current life, I had the honor of  attending the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop of 2016. EBWW

Look who I got to meet!

Roy Blount, Jr.

Roy Blount, Jr.

Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson

Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney:half of the Dynamic Duo

Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff: the other half of the Dynamic Duo

Amy Ephron

Amy Ephron

Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel

Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have just completed my first book which publishes this Spring, 2018.