As exciting as they are, awards can be strange bedfellows, falling into our laps when least expected. In 2006, I won my first national writing award for a story on a topic I felt dubious about: Cosmetic surgery. To accept the award, I was flown to Orlando, FL, to speak in front of 2,000 plastic surgeons. It was surreal! My second national award came in 2014 for a very personal story about my long struggle with grief following my mother's death. I know she would be proud.
Winner, Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, Magazine Feature Article category for article “When Grief Gets Complicated” - Sacramento magazine
When Grief Gets Complicated - Sacramento magazine
Finalist, Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Association, for monthly column, "Dollar-Wise Gourmet,"
Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, Honorable Mention, for article “What is a Boomer?” - Sacramento magazine
First place, Journalistic Achievement Award,
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,
for article "Is Cosmetic Surgery for You?"