Posts Tagged ‘San Diego County Library’


Friday, March 18th, 2011

 The past few days have been hectic, beginning with the annual St. Patrick’s Day party at our church and ending with this moment now, as I stand at my kitchen counter writing a blog post, 40 minutes before I’m due to pick up Mateo from kindergarten. In between, I drove to Sacramento to meet with the book club of my great friend and fellow writer, Laura-Lynne Powell, whom I met through Writing Mamas, the writing group sponsored by Book Passage. (How’s that for back story?) Laura-Lynne’s book group has been meeting for 15 years, dating from when Laura-Lynne met one of the other moms on a playground. Last night, they were planning the wedding of one of their daughters, so you know they have a history.

Based on my recent experiences, I’ve decided the most fabulous women in the universe belong to book clubs. Really, I must join one immediately! And I love how the groups seem to meet forever—beginning with babies in diapers and continuing through middle school, weddings, and beyond.

Two of the women in the group are adoptive mothers–Laura-Lynne included, which may explain why we bonded quickly–so the conversation centered largely around our collective experiences. The other women asked great questions”– ”Why Guatemala?”, “How do your children react to having a relationship with birth family?” and “Were you ever afraid?” among them—and we adoptive mothers did our best to fill them in. The more I meet with people to talk about Mamalita, the more I realize that a big part of my mission in life is to “normalize” adoption. As one mother pointed out, adoption has been with us at least since biblical times. The story of Moses, anyone?  There is no reason why the subject should be shrouded in mystery and shame.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures, so I have none to post here. However, on my way home, I did stop by Davis, California, an absolutely charming university town, where I discovered the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and snapped a shot. I also stopped into the Yolo County Public Library to ask the librarian if she would consider adding Mamalita to the collection. I explained the book is circulating in the Marin and San Diego county systems, before giving the librarian copies of the book’s great reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Fingers crossed that Mamalita will be added to the shelves. If you live in Yolo County or surrounding environs, please ask for Mamalita at your local branch. I hope you enjoy the read!

On to kindergarten pick-up!


Two readings, in Albuquerque and San Diego, thanks to “the girls”

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I met Bethany and Penny in San Diego, when I moved there from Los Angeles after a divorce, the Northridge earthquake, and, oh yes, the news from my doctor that I would never have children.  The three of us worked in the art world: Me as the P.R. officer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bethany as the art school director at the La Jolla Athenaeum, and Penny as the grant-writer for the photography museum in Balboa Park. Our friendship was immediate and turned out to be lasting. We’ve referred to one another since the beginning as “the girls.” 

When my friends heard my book, MAMALITA: AN ADOPTION MEMOIR, was finally being published—believe me, they’ve endured every arduous phase—the girls came through. Penny, now a librarian in the San Diego County system, set up a reading for me at her branch library in Santee, in eastern San Diego. Bethany, now a designer living in New Mexico, arranged one at her favorite local indie bookstore, Bookworks, in Albuquerque.

Hope to see you at one of the readings! I can guarantee that when the girls are involved, it’s always a good time. :-)

Friday, December 3, 2010 at 10 a.m.
Santee Branch Library
9225 Carlton Hills Boulevard
Santee, CA 92071

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 7 p.m.
4022 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107