We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


It's been quite a year for me professionally and personally. Professionally, I published my book (FIFTH CHILD), had a book-signing, published a magazine articles (SOBERWORLD), invited to be guest host on a radio show in January (COA RECOVERY RADIO), joined a website (THE ADDICT'S MOM), became an administrator (ADDICT'S MOM G2G -GRANDPARENTS 2 GRANDPARENTS), tripled my blog page views and continue to sell my books. THANK YOU!!! Personally, Brady's doing beautifully in 4th grade in public school but most of all, is so happy to be there. He had a great year in baseball and is too ecstatic doing Minecraft and is doing homework without argument. He began playing the viola and is loving his time with his cousins. He's a great kid! My family relationships are better than ever and that's made for a very happy end of the year. My older kids are doing well: Tracy's signed with a music agent to get her music on TV and in movies, Adam is very successful as a partner in his veterinary surgical hospital, Darcy continues to be lauded at her company, Josh's own recruiting business has had a huge year and Hazel's working hard in school and at her internship. Stu retired this last month. He's a happy camper feeling like every day is Sunday, while I'm getting better at it; not quite there yet, but working on it. We all look forward to a great 2014, spending more time with family, bringing more music into our home and staying healthy. I wish all my readers a wonderfully happy and healthy 2014.

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