Honors

  • 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board grant
  • 2008 Shabo Award for children’s picture book manuscript
  • 2007 Shabo Award for children’s picture book manuscript
  • 1989 Lofts’ Creative Non-Fiction Award; Studied with Vivian Gornick
  • 1987 Selected for Loft “Emerging Voices Series”

Winner in Poetry contests

  • Brainerd Writers Alliance, First Place in 2015 Poetry Contest for “Bird Watching”
  • The American Association of University Women, St. Paul;
  • Writers’ Journal;
  • Whittier Writers’ Workshop

Some of My Publications

Co-authored with Richard Solly, The Way Home: A Collective Memoir of the Hazelden Experience traces the lives of four individuals’ descents into addiction and their experiences of recovery. These fictionalized accounts reveal the interior journey along with the events each of these real people encountered in their healing.

Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, MN., 1997.

In this series, Making Child Care Work for You, I adapted four titles –Get Ready to Read, Get Ready for Math, Behavior Matters, Not Just a Babysitter—so parents could benefit from the books that had been written for childcare professionals by two leading people in the field.

Get Ready to Read.. Adapted from book by Brenda Hieronymus and Sally Moomaw. Redleaf Press, St. Paul, MN, 2006; and Behavior Matters. Adapted from book by  Deborah Hewitt, 2005.

I created this series of Life Skills for Young People at the request of Hazelden Publishing.

Youth Life Skills: Communication; Stress Management; Anger Management; Conflict Resolution; Decision Making (a series of workbooks for teens and companion facilitator guides). Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, MN., 2001.

I helped Stephanie Brown, a leading writer, therapist and teacher in the field of addiction, bring her book on the special challenges faced by women in recovery alive with stories of individuals. The book has received many accolades from its readers.

A Place Called Self: Women, Sobriety, and Radical Transformation. Writing assistance to Stephanie Brown. Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, MN., 2004.

More than Just a Place To Go, a kind of recipe book for out-of-school programs, tells why these programs are so critical for today’s youth. It also shows how to make them happen. Co-authored with Kristin Johnstad and James Conway, Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN., 2004.

 

The Science Museum of Minnesota gave me the opportunity to learn about and write this fun article on life in the Antarctic. Encounters, The Science Museum of Minnesota. 1991.

 
 
 

“Following the Goddess” in Transitions Abroad is one of several travel articles published in a variety of magazines and newspapers.

“Following the Goddess,” Transitions Abroad, Vermont, 2007.

 

“Early Neutral Evaluations: Applications to Custody and Parenting Time Cases, Program Development and Implementation in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Family Court Review. Massachusetts, 2006.

“African Treasure,” “Giving In To Island Time,” and “Familiar Territory,” three travel articles in The St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Paul, 2004 – 2006.

Stages of Change and Addiction: Clinician’s manual. Written for Carlo DiClemente, Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, MN, 2004.

Brief Intervention: Clinician’s manual. Written for Ken Winters, Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, MN, 2004.

Defining Excellence for School-linked Services. With Esther Wattenberg. Conference summary (September 14, 1995 at the University of Minnesota), Minneapolis. MN., 1995.

Defining Excellence for School-linked Services. With Esther Wattenberg. Conference summary (September 14, 1995 at the University of Minnesota), Minneapolis. MN., 1995.

“Empowering Women Offenders: Balancing Strengths and Stressors.” A Design for Living: The Hazelden substance abuse curriculum for offenders. Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, MN.,1994.

“Expanding Patients’ Roles and Responsibilities: A New Dimension in Cost Management.” Summary of Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Coalition on Health, St. Paul, MN., 1990.

“The Corporate Attack on Family Violence.” Business and Society Review, New York, 1988. Paper also used extensively in multidisciplinary training sessions in the Minnesota Project on Corporate Responsibility.

Edited: 101 Activities for Kids Who Bully and 101 Activities for Kids Who Are Bullied. By Dave Mathews, Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, 2002.

Edited: I Can See Tomorrow: A Guide for Living with Depression. By Patricia Owen, Hazelden Publishing, Inc., Center City, 1995.

Edited: “Hispanic Students: Adjusting Dreams to Reality.” By Dario Menanteau-Horta, CURA Reporter, Minneapolis, 1995.

Edited: Series of journal articles on sex and racial equity in institutions of higher education, By Caroline Turner, ass/t professor, Dept. of Educational Policy and Analysis, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1994 – 1996.