I am a writer, an educator, an erstwhile classicist, and a mother of four children. I earned my M.A. in Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles back when postmodernism was cool and everything was about gender. I completed my Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership in 2016, because the job market in Ancient Greek wasn’t as robust as I thought it would be. I am a full time English Instructor at the College of Western Idaho, where I love teaching my students that words have power.
The first time I picked up a pencil and wrote awkward letters on paper, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I started my formerly anonymous blog, The Anarchist Soccer Mom, in 2007. My work has appeared in Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Time.com, USA Today, The Blue Review, Eagle Magazine, and Greenbelt Magazine. Books include 2012 Ippy Bronze medal winner Little White Dress from Mill Park Publishing, Business Professionalism, co-authored with Dr. Bruce Strom, and 2014 The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness from Hudson Street Press (Penguin), which won a 2015 “Books for a Better Life” award.
Media appearances include PBS’s NOVA, The Today Show, Good Morning, America, Anderson Cooper 360, Erin Burnett OutFront, and Idaho Public Television’s Dialogue with Marcia Franklin. I have spoken to numerous organizations and gave a presentation at TEDx San Antonio in October 2013.
I don’t view motherhood as a job; I see it as a privilege. My four children are a blessing. Parenting a child with mental illness has taught me patience, perseverance, and profound gratitude for the present tense. We have our struggles–what family doesn’t? But those challenges have forged strong bonds of love. I believe the most powerful way to fight the stigma of mental illness is to get to know and appreciate people who have it. They/we are parents, siblings, sons and daughters, colleagues, friends.