I am Dana, a writer, editor

and small business owner living in the thriving metropolis of Bakersfield, California.

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A Little About Me…

I am best characterized as a ringmaster of many circuses, but I’ve actually made money as a freelance writer for various magazines, as a nine-time contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and working with haunted attractions across the United States. I was the president of Writers of Kern for five years and the editor of the nation’s first citizen journalism magazine, The Northwest Voice. When I earned my degree in English, someone said, “Wow, you just wasted four years of college on a degree you can never use.” My response was, “It took me nine years, thank you.” I am a mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I wear cowboy boots a lot because they’re my favorite, I mind my own business, and I am a follower of Jesus. I fail Him daily, but He is pretty cool with that–I mean, I’m working on it, but He’s cool while I work on it.

My birth stone is a coffee bean.

August Love

A friend who visits this site regularly said that I post only photos of myself that are posed or “perfect”… never candid, goofy or, in his words, showing my authentic self. Hmm. Challenge accepted. I do have a goofy side but very few see it or appreciate it, so I keep it mostly to myself and a very select few (my dog sees it a LOT). Also in my defense, this site IS supposed to be slightly professional. However, it’s August now, and any day I will be a grandmother of 3, so what better reason to show my goofy side in a series (wrinkles and all) I’ll call “my authentic self” because THIS is what my first granddaughter is getting: a promise that life will always be full of fun, laughter… and letting people know how much you love them… with a constant reminder that there are no refunds. I can’t wait to meet you, baby girl! (I’m still not doing resumes for a while!) xo

"You're the rock in my roll; You're good for my soul, it's true... I'm head over boots for you."
- Jon Pardi
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Summer comes to an end…

My daughter took this picture of me early one morning on a California beach–straight out of bed, coffee in hand and at peace. Peaceful moments don’t always last, so I grab them when I can and am grateful she captured one. It’s been a busy summer full of birthdays,...

Back in the Summer of ’69, Part 2

So, just a short four weeks after my 50th celebration, we showered Christine with her own 50th birthday party… in Puerto Vallarta! All girls, no drama, a yacht, a mansion, beach service, expensive wine, and dinner views so breathtaking (*see photo above) that you forget the humidity and ignore...

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Bryan Adams said it best. I used to think 50 was old. My parents were REALLY old when they were 50, at least to my 20-year old self, they were. Fifty years old seemed really far off, even in my 40s. When my younger self pictured 50, it wasn’t...

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