I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1988 with a degree in psychology. Uncertain about my future, I began a long, unfulfilling career as a waitress in a wide array of Los Angeles restaurants and cafés. When I was accepted into an LA Weekly internship, I finally figured out how to make money from the written word: writing for newspapers and magazines. My articles have appeared in a variety of local publications (obviously including The LA Weekly) and in the consumer magazines Marie Claire and Women’s Day. I’ve also written for various environmental trade magazines, and my short stories have been published in an assortment of literary publications. Shortly after my foray into journalism, I segued into copywriting, drawn to its high demand for creativity and strategy. My extensive list of clients includes Olson Homes, Luskin-Clark Service Company, The Kor Hotel Group (Viceroy, Avalon, Sheraton Gateway), The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa, KB Home, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Standard Pacific Homes, Lennar, and the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles. I also have a blog named IOwnaMinivan.com, to which I desperately need to add more essays. My blog is about parenting, being an older first-time parent, getting older, and life in general. You can see it here: www.iownaminivan.com. I’m now returning to writing after taking a lengthy (mostly) hiatus to have 3 kids (including twin boys), all of whom, up until recently, have been intensely zapping my sleep and energy in the most magnificently wonderful way possible. I’m finally ready to stick my head out of the water, roll up my sleeves, and get creative once again in ways that can help others.