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.

Back in the summer of '69

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 with a cranberry vodka in my hand, dancing in my pool with my favorite girlfriends while wearing an expensive dress. No. This birthday came with an unexpected serenity, surety, and the typical Scarlet O’Hara attitude of “I won’t think about that today.” Ever since my 49th birthday last June, I’ve been telling everyone, “I’m almost 50,” which was not pre-meditated or intentional, but I think it helped when I ACTUALLY turned 50 this month, because nothing about the day bothered me. My friends and family threw a huge party for me, and it felt almost like I tricked life by sneaking into this decade laughing, slightly buzzed, and surrounded by my “head table for life.” The girls in the photo with me (I still call us girls) are each turning 50 this summer, as well. I think I showed them how to do it the sneaky way–enjoying it–because there are NO refunds.

"You don't need to change a thing about you, babe. I'm telling you, from where I sit, you're one of a kind."
- Griffin House
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Almost June…

In the midst of the busy, I get this. I have to share this. May is a busy month for my company–lack of sleep, working around the clock, my daughter graduated from college (my alma mater… see photo!), my other daughter is having another baby… and, well, LIFE. However,...

May showers

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? Today was a good day; the sky was dark, and during my 4-mile walk, it began to sprinkle. I’ve been a sprint-walker for a while, but we don’t get much rain where I live so this was an...

grit in students

Students and grit

When I was in third grade, I can remember Mrs. Wagner making me repeat an entire cursive assignment because I looped the bottom of a lowercase “f” the wrong direction. I wasn’t the only one. She decided to stop the lesson and move to another assignment, promising we would...

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