With more than 130 nonfiction and publicity pieces published, I’ve written about everything from dog training to making the flashing red lights you see on fire trucks. My feature articles, contributions and photographs have appeared in the following magazines and publications:

  • “Ability;”
  • “Agricultural Education;”
  • “America’s Horse;”
  • “American Kennel Gazette;”
  • “American Quarter Horse Journal;”
  •  “Animals;”
  • AnimalsOurEVERYTHING! blog;
  • “A Positive Approach;”
  • Associated Press photo wire service;
  • Austin Statesman newspaper;
  • “Australian Quarter Horse;”
  • “Better Homes and Gardens;”
  • Boston Herald;
  • “California Horse Review;”
  • Canine Companions for Independence newsletters and direct mail pieces;
  • Central Coast Times newspaper;
  • “Diablo” regional magazine;
  • “Dog Fancy;”
  • “Dogs USA;”
  • “Dog World;”
  • “Fete Star (France);
  • “EAP Link” corporate newsletters;
  • “Equus;”
  • “Fine Homes;”
  • “First Leaves” poetry collection;
  • “Golden Nieuws”(Norway);
  • “Homes Today;”
  • “Horse and Rider;”
  • “Horse News;”
  • Independent Journal newspaper;
  • Kaiser Permanente employee and member publications, “Contact” and “Planning for Health;”
  • “Lamplighter” corporate hospital newsletter;
  • Los Angeles Times;
  • Merrill Lynch Realty training and sales materials;
  • Modesto Bee; Mustang Daily newspaper; New York Times; “101 North” regional magazine;
  • “Our Times” corporate newsletter for New York Times’ regional newspaper;
  •  “Outpost;”
  •  Oxbow Ranch Sales Catalog;
  • “Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Journal;”
  •  The Paper;
  •  “Prime Real Estate;”
  •  “Production Credit Association News;”
  •  “Quarter Horse News;”
  •  “Realty Exchange;”
  •  St. Louis Dispatch;
  • San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner and  Progress newspapers;
  •  “Santa Rosa” regional magazine;
  • The Santa Rosa Press Democrat daily newspaper;”
  • “Savor Wine Country” regional magazine;
  •  Sebastopol Times weekly newspaper;
  •  “Sonoma Business;”
  •  “Sonoma Business FAX;”
  • “Sunset;”
  • “Weight Watchers;”
  •  “Welcome to Hidden Valley Lake, Middletown and Cobb,” and  “Unlimited Editions” booklets,  commissioned by Martin A. Levy/Century 21 Alliance;
  • “Western Horseman;”
  •  “Western Working Cow Horse;”
  • Yamhill County Fair, 2009-2011, Judge’s Choice, Best in Show and First-place for essays and poems.

Stories and Ideas I Pitched Landed in/on:

  • “Life;”
  • “Picture Week.;”
  • “Reader’s Digest;”
  • San Francisco television network affiliates;
  • the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather;
  • Canadian Public Broadcasting;
  • Catholic Voice;
  • the documentary, “What a Difference a Dog Makes!” produced by the late “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.

Book Projects:

  • “When Empathy Fails: How to stop those hell-bent on destroying you,” developed and edited with author Kathy Marshack, Ph.D. 201;
  • “Out of Mind – Out of Sight: Parenting with a partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD).”  Edited for author Kathy Marshack, Ph.D. 2013;
  • “Bonnie Bergin’s Guide to Bringing Out the Best in Your Dog,” developed and wrote first draft;
  • “Speaking for Spot:  “Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life,” by Dr. Nancy Kay – proofread and edited draft of 388-page award-winner.

I Assisted the Authors of These Books:

  • “Direct Mail Pieces that Work,” published by Plenum Publishing C0.;
  • “Dogs and  Their Women,” by Barbara Cohen and Louise Taylor and published by Little Brown & Co.;
  • “Dynamic Relationships,” published by the Latham Foundation;
  • “Friendship: You and Your Dog,” by Judith Hancock and published by E.F. Dutton;
  • Rehabilitation Catalogs, published by Lifeboat Press;
  • “Petcology,” by Janet Ruckert. 

Samples of my work can be seen on the Portfolio page.

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