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Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015 11:04 am

If you’re a long-time resident of Coronado, you’ll remember Danuta, a forever neighbor.

Danuta! Yes, that cheerful, vivacious co-host of KFMB-TV’s “Sun-up San Diego” is easy to remember.

Now, Danuta returns to San Diego from her home in Junction City, Or, where she and her husband operate a popular winery that include retail sales, a tasting room and more, and has been deemed by local media as “… the only winery worth going to.” Her new, stunning autobiography reveals that her life, while adventurous and remarkable, has too-often been tragic and challenging.

Danuta will hold a free book-reading and signing for “Chiseled: A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine,” at the San Diego Women’s Museum on Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m.

Danuta’s story that begins with her experience as an unwed teenager and her escape to the wilds of Alaska, raising her son as her brother, her life in journalism and television evangelism as Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club’s sidekick (and her abrupt dismissal), her trauma as a wife caught in a web of deceit and substance abuse, and hardly least, her discovery of her beloved father’s secret life.

She describes herself as “resilient” and a person who has “looked for God in all the wrong places.” Hence, her sad, sudden exodus from the evangelical world, booted by Robertson when he learned that she’d had a child out of wedlock. The fact that her pregnancy had been the result of a rape did not deter him from the decision.

Danuta lived at Coronado Shores while working at “Sun Up.” Following her 700 Club stint, she returned to Coronado with then husband Kai, endured an alcoholic and abusive relationship, which was the impetus for her frequent biking treks around Coronado, in an attempt to seek diversion and even therapy, to address the consequences of her challenging life.

Even while finally living happily with her husband, Robin Pfeiffer, in a loving marriage and as a successful winemaker, she rediscovers, during a sojourn to the Carpathian Mountains of Poland, long-buried family secrets.

“Chiseled” is Danuta’s story, told boldly enough to chip away at the challenges of her life, and finally, serenely, arriving at a shining core of truth. And, peace.

The Women’s Museum is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Station. The event is free, but space is limited.

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“Chiseled, A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine,” (Publication Date: February 12, 2015) is now available in paperback, Kindle, Nook and hardcover, and can be purchased for $15.95 on or

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