Bio

I hold an MFA in writing from St. Mary’s College of California, where I’ve also taught English Comp. For the past 20 years, my op-eds about family-related issues have been published in many newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, and Orange County Register. My first-person essays (about situations like the dog who came and stayed; life after a speeding ticket; attending the Oscars with my star-struck spouse) have been published in The American Enterprise magazine (now defunct), The East Bay Monthly, and in the books Something That Matters (Harwood Press) and In Real Life (Hay House, 2005). I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, Don. We have four children. All have–despite my best efforts to keep them here–flown the coop. The dog’s still here.

3 Responses to Bio

  1. Great Blog!
    You will like us , we are the fastest growing domestic men’s denim manufacturer. I want you to write about us!
    Cheers
    Albert Martin

    • Tina Polito says:

      Dear Albert,

      Your product is, um, unique. I’ll have to run it by the men in my family and get back to you with their reactions. Is there seriously a market for “fly free” jeans?

      • Hi Tina,
        I was thinking more about your comment. I feel that actually your question is in some ways the pivotal question asked by your blog. Here’s why, when you say our product is “um, unique” aren’t you are saying that this is a new product to you and you are not sure that you know how you feel about it? But when was the last time you saw a very unique product from China?

        American manufacturers are innovative. Our product is patent pending; the United States patent process is second to none. It has been demonstrated that many countries can manufacture and some frankly, can do it cheaper than America. However, few countries have the spirit of innovation supported by the patent system that fosters really new products.

        So perhaps you can continue the wonderful support you have given American manufacturers by answering in the affirmative. There is a market, it may not be for everyone, but manufacturers accessing that diversity of appeal is actually one of Americans strongest traits and possibly it’s best avenue to recovery.

        Cheers
        Albert
        Fly-Free Jeans
        As an interesting side note, these pants were adapted from a type of pant (narrow fall pants) that were the only type of pants that men wore for almost two centuries