The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad With Your Family
ISBN 1887140697 | The Intrepid Traveler | 322 pages

Want to make your family stronger and spend more time with your kids? Do you love family travel, but have a limited budget? Have you ever thought about immersing your kids in a new language and culture?  

bookcover for The Family Sabbatical Handbook, family travel tipsMaybe you’ve dreamed of moving overseas, but figured it was too difficult and too expensive. Not true! Living abroad with your kids is easier and cheaper than you think (if you follow my tips). Our family moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for 18 months and it was such an incredible experience, I created a nuts and bolts manual to help other families do the same thing anywhere in the world. The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad With Your Family contains detailed information about:

              • Where to live overseas
              • Budget family travel and low-cost living abroad 
              • Financing your adventure
              • Education abroad
              • Language learning
              • What to pack
              • Medical care abroad
              • Tips for family travel with babies, teens and toddlers
              • Advice from 15 other families who have done this
              • Travel Resource lists

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Stuck in the Middle: Shared Stories and Tips for Caregiving Your Elderly Parents



I was hired to write many of the stories in this book. I transformed lengthy and often complicated taped interviews into dramatic vignettes about the experiences of real families caring for their aging parents. Barbara McVicker, a national eldercare expert, added tips and resources after each story and self-published the resulting book as a resource for others facing similar dramas in their own lives. Learn more at





Coming soon:  No Hope, Minnesota

Set in the 1960’s and ’70’s, this darkly humorous novel traces the adventures of the Rosenthal family as they navigate life as the first Jews in the newly built Midwestern suburb of New Hope. Against a backdrop of nightly Vietnam war death counts, Newlywed Game show questions, and Betty Crocker Cookbook favorites, the Rosenthals chart a rocky course to acceptance amidst the hostility of their neighbors and the unraveling of their own family.


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