PowerPoint and Training

I create content for PowerPoint presentations and other products ancillary to textbooks and digital learning products by gleaning essential information from the text and presenting it as bullet points with supporting graphics, some derived from the textbook. In addition, I create chapter summaries and interactive quizzes.

Creative Nonfiction

When I’m not managing art projects or drawing maps, I’m a creative writer.

Upcoming event: November 16, 2018, 6 pm, at Manhattan Chinatown’s Aeon Bookstore 151 East Broadway, NY, NY 10002.

I’ll be reading my piece, “Looking for Old Xi’an” from the Shanghai Literary Review’s anthology, Concrete.

Concrete, a book of essays focused on change in China, was published May 31, 2018. My essay, The Heart of Old Xi’an, reflects my observations of a city where I first lived in 1981. I returned in 2005 to experience the impact of China’s modernization on this ancient capital. With all that had changed, could the city retain its old soul?

About Concrete by the Shanghai Literary Review

Recent publications:

Rules of the Road about cycling in old and new China, appeared in the August/September 2018 issue of Adventure Cyclist Magazine. The article is copyrighted and cannot be viewed online, only in the printed piece or by subscription.

Rules of the Road Article from Adventure Cyclist magazine August/September 2018

Cover of Adventure Cyclist Magazine August/September 2018



My late husband Gauss and I viewed several total solar eclipses together, and I’ve written articles on the topic. The Minneapolis StarTribune published one article in December, 2016 Chasing the Sky in anticipation of the August, 2017 event, and an update after the eclipse occurred, Chasing the total eclipse: Sometimes the cosmic transcends the personal

The Voyage Report also published an article about the upcoming eclipse:

The Voyage Report Eclipse Column

Gauss and I taped two podcasts for TheVoyageReport before and after the August 2017 total solar eclipse that crossed the United States.

Voyage Report podcast—Eclipse Chasers. 

Reflections on a Celestial Milestone

I’ve published pieces advocating for progressive health care reform.

This piece aired on KQED, San Francisco Public Radio’s Perspectives Series


A book tentatively entitled Accidental Historian recounts my experiences living in China beginning in 1981, when that country was still collectivized. The book follows some of my students as they made the transition to capitalism with their country. Segments that story can be found at http://timetravelinchina.wordpress.com/

While Accidental Historian awaits a publisher, I am working on a food memoir about growing up in Mid-century Middle America on mushroom-soup casseroles and Jewish deli food—and the change that came with marrying an Italian and living in China.