"The nature of writing is to write."
— Josephine Smith, my first mentor
This photo was snapped on a private island where I stayed for next to nothing.
That one time I lived in a lighthouse for a week.
Total number of cruises I’ve ever been on: one.
Most rewarding assignment: exploring Dominica, a beautiful country home to many of the world’s oldest living people.
Most fascinating profile: an artist who has no short-term memory.
For awhile, I wrote features about identifying thriving arts scenes in new-to-me neighborhoods. This was the sketchiest — and the most prolific.
I drove around Baja and hired my (very pregnant, with twins) sister to take photos.
I wrote an essay for the local alt-weekly about why Chicago cocktail bars should stop being so Midwestern. In return, I got a sh*tload of hate mail and a mention on our local NPR affiliate.