Profile Updated: March 21, 2022




Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Silver Spring, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: David (deceased 2009)
Homepage: View Website
Occupation: Nonfiction writer; book on widowhood in the works
Children: Sarah, born 7/71 - children: Hannalee, born 2001 (now at UCLA); Serena, born 2002
Jessica, born More…9/72 - children: Gabe, born 2003
Josh, born 5/81 - Married March 30, 2019. Children: Stella, born 2020.

See my essays here:

I'm "all in" to writing personal essays and memoir. Many essays have been published.

"Transitions of Trailblazers" published in Philanthropy Journal, May 2019; describes the leadership transitions of 10 non-profit founders.

Essay in Chicken Soup for the Soul - pub. date Feb.2022

School Story:

Graduated from U. of Michigan. Started career in Chicago in an editorial role at SRA (an educational publisher). Before marriage, I worked at an experimental Job Corps Center in New Bedford MA; that led to a great job at the Office of Economic Opportunity HQ in DC. Helped develop basic ed program for federally-run Job Corps centers. Back in Chicago, married, started family, stopped "working," but held leadership roles in an international program similar to Job Corps. Founded/led Houston READ Commission, the mayor's literacy agency. Opened 13 high tech adult learning centers. Co-founded InFOCUS, an international primary eye care development organization. Moved to Silver Spring MD to become Director of Ashoka, US. In 2010 contributed to 2 published anthologies; in 2013-14 began writing full-time. 3 loving kids and 4 amazing grandchildren live in Chapel Hill; Chandler, AZ; and L.A. Traveled widely - love backroads travel and small towns - maybe because I''m from one! In the works: book of collected essays on widowhood. Life in Silver Spring is more like Highland Park, but enjoyed Houston, especially reconnecting with Sandy (Looney) Maun thanks to the late Eric Engberg!

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Mar 24, 2022 at 4:38 AM

Happy birthday, Steve! Happiness always.
Love, Barbara

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Posted on: Mar 21, 2022 at 1:28 PM

I'm in this book! Available at Barnes and Noble or Amazon, or ask your library to get a copy.
My essay, "The Presence of Absence," leads off Chapter 4, "The New Normal."

Feb 12, 2022 at 8:13 AM

Happy birthday, Sandy! Today we celebrate YOU. All the best, always.

Feb 08, 2022 at 5:53 AM

Excited that my essay is included in Chicken Soup for the Soul - pub. date 2/22/22

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Jan 14, 2022 at 1:12 PM

I remember "Ricky" fondly from Braeside School. He lived across the street from the school so we often gathered at his house. A cheerful, good-natured boy - sounds like he went on to a wonderful marriage and a life of remarkable service. RIP.


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Wonderful comment about "Lippo"....Billy

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Jan 21, 2021 at 3:52 PM

Raising a glass to Bill, flooded with sweet memories tonight..

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Happy birthday to my first cousin and lifelong friend!

Jul 13, 2020 at 9:20 AM

Happy birthday - hope you celebrate in style/with social distancing!
Now that I've seen your h.s. pic again, I'll probably dream about you soon. Oh well, worth it to send birthday greeting.

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Happy birthday to my first boyfriend! All best wishes.

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Thanks, Judy. Hope you're doing well.

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Posted on: Dec 03, 2019 at 10:36 AM

Just back from Minneapolis - made me nostalgic for my midwest roots. Snow (plowed quickly), driving along the lakefront, Chicago-style architecture, and - everyone sounded like me!

Dec 03, 2019 at 1:34 AM