I grew up among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, and launched my writing career while living in a Baltimore graveyard.
After pounding beats as a newspaper reporter for eleven years, I started a freelance business and now produce copy for magazines, newspapers, websites, and marketing collateral. My essays have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies, and I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
I’m the author of the celebrity-endorsed children’s book “M is for Mindful,” as well as “100 Things To Do In Rochester Before You Die” published by Reedy Press.
People think I get up way too early, but that’s when there’s enough quiet to work on my manuscripts and try to keep up a meditation practice.
I live in Rochester, New York, when I’m not traveling to far-flung places that change the way I view the world and my place in it.
Aside from being tagged a clutterphobe and hopeless optimist, I hike in any weather, swear that my search for balance comes naturally (I was born on the middle day of the week on the middle day of the year), and believe few things on this earth are better than a chewy chocolate chip cookie.
I’m active in the Twittersphere and enjoy capturing my thoughts and sharing interesting nuggets 280 characters at a time. I offer tutorials to help you learn everything from setting up your account, to tips and tricks that will help you build your brand, broaden professional opportunities, and make meaningful connections. Sessions are one hour and cost $50; group discounts are available. Contact me for more information or to sign up. And be sure to follow me @thekineticpen!
- Dean Gysel award for best newsroom writer as judged by outside editors, 2005
- New York State Associated Press Association Writing Contest Award, second place, features, 2005
- Democrat and Chronicle Quarterly Newsroom Award, feature writing, 2004
- The New York Newspaper Publishers Association Distinguished Community Service Award of Excellence, 2004
- Education Writers Association award in national contest: special citation, issue package, 1999
- EdPress Distinguished Achievement Awards in national contest: news story, honorable mention, 1999
- The ARC of Durham County Community Media Excellence Award For Significant Contributions to Community Awareness, 1999
- National Association of Secondary School Principals Benjamin Fine Award For Outstanding Education Reporting, honorable mention, 1998
- Education Writers Association award in national contest: second place, breaking news, 1996
- Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Editorial Awards: second place, spot news; second place, series; second place, feature, 1995
- Eastern Sunbathing Association award for Best Article In A Non-Nudist Publication By A Non-Nudist Reporter, 1995