Diet Pills? Really?


It happened again. I got fat. Including the time I was pregnant with twins and tipped the scales at 205 pounds, this is my — oh gosh — sixth or seventh time achieving extreme chub.

But just so we’re clear, in between my fat years, I am not exactly what you’d call statuesque. My Scandinavian genes are not pooled from the supermodels and tennis stars. We’re more like the people you call when you need potatoes pulled from the frozen soil. We’re a sturdy clan. When I am at my thinnest and fittest, I am a size 8. And I still feel pretty foxy at a comfortable size 10.



Volunteer Vacation

Sunset Magazine

It’s cold and dark and I’m alone in a puny, mildewed tent nursing a blister and some seriously sore triceps. I figure it’s as good a time as any to take stock.

When I decided to take a volunteer vacation, I thought it would be the best of both worlds: the satisfaction that comes from giving selflessly, coupled with the opportunity to spend a week on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. But here I am in California’s Big Sur, land of cliffs and sea and naked hippies, having just spent six hours clearing a hillside trail in Limekiln State Park, and something is not quite right.



My kid is a super-genius, and yours?

Baby Center

Last night was back-to-school night. I am one of those weird parents who actually likes back-to-school night. I like meeting the teachers and poking around in my children’s lives without them looking over my shoulder. It gives me a peek into them that I don’t get at home, a little look at how they are in the outside world.

Yesterday also had the surprising benefit of making me appreciate them a little more.


Where Samantha’s Work Has Appeared

Magazines & Journals

New York Times
LA Review of Books
Travel & Leisure
Cooking Light
San Francisco Magazine
Anthology Magazine
Marin Magazine
The Gettysburg Review
Glimmer Train
The Sun
San Francisco State University Magazine



Other Clients

California Travel & Tourism
Monterey Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Old Navy
Sunset Custom Publications

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