Non Fiction

Final Glide: A Nursing Home Coping Guide

My mother entered a nursing home in Georgia in the summer of 2012. In August I arranged to move her to a nursing home near me in Houston. By September I was at my wits’ end because issues kept coming up and I could not find a website, support group, or book with succinct and encouraging advice on what to do about nursing home issues. So I decided to write that book. It’s in progress now. Beyond the issues I myself encountered, I’ve interviewed people ranging from Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Hospice professionals to friends with loved ones in nursing homes to make sure this little book is true to the big picture. My mom died at the end of 2012. Final Glide will be dedicated to her.

California Dreams: The 2005 SSA Convention: An excerpt from my article in April 2005’s Soaring magazine




This book was authored by a someone with whom I worked as a writing teacher and coach, and I’m very pleased with the outcome:

Project Engineering: The Essential Toolbox for Young Engineers by Frederick Plummer (Butterworth-Heinemann, a division of Elsevier, June 15, 2007)

Science fiction, mystery and mainstream writers take note: if you have a story that somehow involves project engineering, and you don’t have a personal connection to that walk of life, get this book. It’ a terrific introduction to the world of project engineering and the thought processes of project engineers. And it’s a truly good read. Some of the early draft chapters kept me up past my bedtime because I found the manuscript so interesting.

I gave co-author Kristin Farry a great deal of editing and proofreading input, reading every chapter at least once and some of the chapters multiple times. This an excellent book and still in print. I’m glad I played a part in its creation.

Customer-Centered Products: Creating Successful Products Through Smart Requirements Management by Ivy F. Hooks and Kristin A. Farry (AMACOM, 2001)

In 1998 I started writing nonfiction, and discovered that I really like it. My first foray into the territory was a factual article for Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Titled “Catching the Wind from the Sun,” it explained NASA’s Genesis Discovery Mission and appeared in the November 1998 issue. Since then, I’ve written magazine articles on topics ranging from aviation to education to science and technology. A couple of articles of mine had to do with business technology, for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives Quarterly. I’ve done some technical editing too, and even press releases and radio ad copy for my church – St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Houston.

Two more of my favorite magazines to write for are Gliding and Motorgliding International, which is an online magazine, and Soaring, the magazine of the Soaring Society of America.

“Ethical Dilemma: Can Ethics Be Taught?” appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of Collegium. The educators I interviewed for this article are impressive people – equal parts learned, articulate, and passionate about ethics. Houston was Ground Zero of the Enron scandal, so in this town, the topic of ethics is still a hot one!

I wrote a number of articles for Collegium, a magazine from the University of Houston.

Some of my Collegium articles have won awards: the 1999 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Special Award in the category of Science Writing, for two articles about technology research centers at UH; a Houston Press Club Second Place Award for an article on poet Vassar Millar; and a Women in Communications, Houston Chapter, first place award for the same article.

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