One year before she was diagnosed with cancer and the year she retired.
Mom circa 2006 before she lost all of her hair.
My brother's 20th wedding anniversary
Even after a losing all of her hair, Mom's still got it.
Mom had the chance to model some clothing from a local store for a fashion show in her community.
Celebrating Mom's 70th Birthday. She didn't make it to 71
Check out the Hip Bones!
My Dad is a photographer and took these photos of my Mom sometime in the early 70's. These were publicity photos for her acting career.
I'm a Giant Baby!
The story goes like this. I was so fat when I was born that my cheeks pushed up my eyes so I look Asian. When they brought me to my Mom she thought I was the daughter of another woman in the maternity war. Dad tells a story that I was so fat he'd have to straight out my arms to wash them and would find rings of dirt in between my chubby flesh.
Me and My Grampa Jack in Florida cir. 1970
I'm super pale so whenever we'd visit my Grampa in Florida they'd slather me with sunscreen. Still I'd always wind up with a burn. Grampa would put me into a cool tea bath later in the day to take the sting way.
All Dressed Up
Mom, my brother and I. Kalamazoo, MI late 60's
Goofy is as Goofy Does
My brother and i goofing off on the porch steps of our Grandparents home in Providence, RI.
At the pool - 1975
After my parents split up, my Dad moved to Bellevue NJ. He met a wonderful woman there who became my Stepmom. This is a photo at the pool in the complex where they live the first time I met her.
Orient New York
My great Aunt Rose, Mom and I circa 1970's
Orient Point New York
One of my favorite places to visit my Great Aunt. I'd follow her along the beach as she stooped over looking for tiny shells, no bigger than her pinky nail, to give to me. We had some great times visiting her there over the summer and for Jewish holidays.
My grandfather had a habit of requiring a glass of juice on his plate each morning. This was some special occasion because we are using a tablecloth and the best salt and pepper shakers.
40th Birthday Present to Myself!
Alaska Aids Vaccine Ride 2000
I empower ambitious female CEO's and entrepreneurs who want an unbiased expert to confide in. Together, we achieve your desired results in health, work and relationships and create inspiring solutions that bring you back to your happy place.
After losing my Mom to ovarian cancer in 2011, I wrote a book about my journey entitled “When I Die, Take My Panties.” In the book, I help readers discover the gifts in their own lives, and find the motivation and courage to have heartfelt conversations with the people you love, right here, right now.
Prior to being a life coach, author and speaker, I spent 30 years working in politics at the local, state and national level. In my spare time I love to bike, hike, cook and perform stand up comedy when I have the time!