Ellen Snortland

Ellen Snortland has her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and BA in Theater and Film from UC Irvine. Ellen is a writing and first-time author coach. Her work as an author, self-defense advocate and instructor has been featured on Dateline NBC with her book, “Beauty Bites Beast,” which promotes her belief that “There’s nothing more local than one’s own body.” She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Women's History Project, www.nwhp.org. Her acclaimed one woman show, “Now That She’s Gone” is a comic memoir about growing up Norwegian American in Colorado and South Dakota. Snortland has attended United Nations world conferences and annual UN meetings as an NGO delegate and journalist. She is married to Ken Gruberman and lives in Altadena, CA, with Ken and their two ill-behaved but well-loved dogs, Oso and Bucco.

Dare Mighty Things: Mars Curiosity Lander

[Editor's Note: Ellen Snortland was present with the media in the Jet Propulsion Lab to watch the Mars Science Laboratory AKA Curiosity land on Mars. We asked her to share her thoughts about the event. -Virginia ] Sisters in the Stars Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace The soul that knows it not, knows no release From little things;Knows not the livid loneliness of fear, Nor mountain where bitter joy can hear The sound of wings. — Amelia Earhart ...more
Thank you for this post. I'm SO excited about Curiosity, and I'm glad to know amazing women are ...more

A Very Shiksa Seder

Raised in South Dakota, the only Jewish person I was familiar with was Anne Frank and, of course, Jesus. The third Jewish person I knew, I married. His family was mortified and had to muster every “good sport” molecule they had to accept his choice of me as his fiancée: a SHIKSA, a non-Jewish woman. Oy Vey! ...more
What a wonderful article! Absolutely laughed out loud more then once. Loved reading an article ...more