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I am a writer. Words have always been a huge part of my life: from the haiku, poetry, and essays I wrote in elementary school, to the essays and poems I wrote in high school, to the articles and essays I wrote in college, to the features I wrote as a reporter after college, and the myriad works I wrote as a freelancer — essays, reviews, commentary, profiles, and community news, articles on business, older adults, weddings, kids, community groups, the performing arts, and more. Writing has allowed me to express myself, to learn about myself, to understand thoughts and feelings, and to explore my own story. It also has allowed me to get to know others, to meet some really cool and interesting people, and to shine a light on important issues.

In 2016, after 10 years of freelancing, I rejoined the regular work week world (weekends off — what a concept!). From Monday through Friday, I use my communications and other skills to help others. I spend my artistic energy on personal creative writing projects and photography.  I still write the occasional article about the arts*, about veterans’ issues, and, when the urge strikes, commentary/opinion. (*As of January 2017, I’m on hiatus from even occasional articles. If you have a special project in mind, contact me.)

When not writing or taking photos, I watch Jeopardy!, play board games, bake, spend time at the beach, see plays and musicals, read, sip iced or hot tea, enjoy robust conversation, and take classes for fun.

Life is a journey filled with new roads and detours. I’m finding I like wandering off the path a lot. Who knows who I’ll meet or where I’ll end up next?

Welcome. Enjoy your stay.