I am pro-first person, anti-third person when writing an About page. I just thought you should know.

I’m a writer. I’ve been a kid writing bad poetry, a teen writing angsty essays, a columnist, a blogger, a journalist, a freelance writer. I’m also a creative writer, an avid list maker, and exuberant email sender (old school!).

Words and I go way back.

When I’m not writing, I read (more words! by others!), take pictures, sing, buy volumes of notebooks I’ll never be able to fill, bake, engage in robust conversation, and take classes for fun. Of course, with COVID-19 restrictions, the classes are all online. Don’t tell anybody, but I actually like that, a lot.

Some of my favorite published pieces live on the By TLJ page. Tara’s Take blog posts feature my thoughts on culture and the arts, slice of life/observations, and (sometimes) photos. Subscribe to receive an email when posts are published. I also tweet sometimes.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy your stay and your day. Wash your hands! Wear your mask!

May your world and your heart be filled with peace.