Family Tree

A family tree gives a visual picture of the relationships between generations. But to understand intergenerational relationships, family secrets, parents’ hopes and children’s dreams one must ask open and honest questions of the relatives on the family tree.

Dena Sommer is participating in our book signing at the Fullerton Public Library Authors’ Day, October 27th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Location: 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832. For more information click HERE.

In “Happy Mother’s Day”we are introduced to Cara who tells her story through inner thoughts, feelings, hardships, successes and values. Happy Mother’s Day provides an insightful intergenerational journey through time as Cara takes the reader on an exciting rollercoaster journey of intergenerational ups and downs with many twists and turns… We can laugh and cry with Cara as she asks poignant questions regarding how to deal with dysfunctional family members, how to support and encourage family members, and how to make motherhood a top priority.

“S. Sommerhas successfully given the reader much to think about regarding motherhood. Regardless of age or gender, the reader will be delighted to see the connections to fictional women and historical times in understanding the role of women in families and society… Through Cara’s eyes, Happy Mother’s Day allows the reader to personally understand with empathy the meaning of a family legacy.                                    —Joe Weber, Ph.D.,Past Chair, Department of Sociology, California State University, Fullerton.

Dena (Smith) Sommer graduated from California State University at Fullerton in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and from UCLA in 1969 with a Master of Journalism degree.  Her professional media experience includes working for KNX News radio, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles City News Service, and the Fullerton Daily News Tribune.  Ms. Sommer retired from education in 2001 after working for the North Orange County Community College District and the Brea-Olinda Unified School District.  She is also a past Trustee of the BOUSD Board of Education.  Ms. Sommer is a recipient of the UCLA Dumont Scholarship and the Felicia Mahood Award for

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