Articles and Essays


“Heal Your Pain.” Natural Health Magazine. “Try one of these energy-boosting practices to relieve tension, anxiety, and stress…

“Me and My Kegels.” Health Magazine. A humorous first-person feature on Kegel therapy.


“Salary Secrets.” PINK Magazine. How one woman made millions of dollars through a pay pact.

“A Case for Salary Transparency.” Should salary information be shared? Here’s one woman’s story.


“Year of the Chinese Language.” Scholastic Administrator. Investigative article on the Mandarin explosion that’s sweeping the country.

“A Close Reading: Teaching Literature at the County Jail.” Fields of Reading, 7th ed. Eds. Nancy R. Comley et al. Boston. First person essay on teaching women inmates at the San Francisco County Jail. Appeared in The Common Review and was later anthologized in a college textbook, Fields of Writing, Eds. Nancy R. Comley et al. Reprinted from feature essay that appeared in The Common Review and Barnard Magazine.

“California Reading.” The Common Review. An examination of scripted curriculum in California schools and the impact of No Child Left Behind legislation.

“A Teacher Behind Bars.” Glamour Magazine. Feature on leaving academia for the jail classroom.

“Language Wars: The Fight Over Bilingual Education.” The Common Review. Feature article exploring the move to eradicate bilingual education in California and across the country.

“Strange Bedfellows: Does Academic Life Lead to Divorce?” Feature on the high coincidence of newly-minted Ph.D.s and divorce.


“Part-Time Work Equals Full-Time Satisfaction.” Hybrid Mom. Feature article on how women balance family and careers.

“Commuter Moms: Is Flying the New Driving?” Hybrid Mom Winter. Three women find that “extreme commuting” works best for their families and ultimately themselves.


“A Friendly Place.” Oakland Magazine. Two sisters serve up coffee, care and more to homeless women.

“The First Annual Chutzpah Awards: Lateefah Simon.” O, the Oprah Magazine. Profile of the youngest female MacArthur award winner.

“On the Road with Loners on Wheels.” Trailer Life Magazine. Feature on single senior citizens who take to the road in their RVs.


“Of Cars and Men.” SFGate. A humorous, first-person essay on the unreliability of certain cars and certain men.


“On the Bus.” Travelers’ Tales Guides Australia: True Stories of Life Down Under. Ed. Larry Habegger. First-person travel essay on recovering from divorce by traveling through the Outback.

“The King and Us.” Travel essays on little-known Elvis shrine, Graceland Too.