Painting a self-portrait in links
My husband, Isaac Hernandez, and I opened Mercury Press International in 1991: a media agency that serves magazines, books, periodicals, visual media, and commercial clients with words, images, video and promotion in over twenty countries. We serve as correspondents for El Mundo, Spain’s second-largest national newspaper, and www.elmundo.es, the world’s largest circulation Spanish-language periodical. I write a series on inspiring women for Yo Dona magazine. Here are some clips of published work.
I write a daily horoscope column (continuing my mother‘s legacy), internationally-syndicated by Tribune Media Services, that appears in newspapers, online media, and mobile applications around the world. It’s available to readers here, as well as in more than 80 newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, Hoy, AM New York, the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald.
My earliest memories include astrology… my mother always told me I’d be successful in the publishing industry. A well-known “entertainment property”, author of the popular Linda Black Horoscopes daily newspaper column, she did my astrological predictions every year on my birthday, and taught me her passion and craft from my earliest years. I’ve been writing for publication myself since I was eight years old, and my words have regularly appeared in print, translated in multiple languages since 1991. I’ve been editing the words of others just as long.
With over a decade spent on non-profit boards, I served as Board President for Pesticide Awareness and Alternatives Coalition (2004-2007), contributing to the near-eradication of pesticide use in city parks and schools in Santa Barbara, and co-producing the California Organic Festival. I’ve been participating with Landmark Education since 1974. I currently serve as Media Director for The Israel Palestine Project. I serve on the board of Friends of the Visual Arts and Design Academy of Santa Barbara High School.
I’m passionate about communications to support a thriving world. I earned a BA in Studio Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and am an accomplished artist and musician. I’ve been immersed in astrology all of my life, and have published horoscopes since 2008, at first assisting my mother, when she became incapacitated with ovarian cancer, and then taking over her column in 2009. Passing her column on to me was a beautiful gift, and one that she was extremely committed to. I’m grateful for this and all the many gifts I’ve received, and for the opportunity to share them.