Portfolio August 2015 – June 2016

I haven’t updated for a while, so here’s a roundup of some recent work.

I’m particularly proud of the work I’ve done for the National Resources Defense Council, which required fascinating research, interviews and reporting on inspiring initiatives that preserve wild spaces in America. Pieces included The Roadless Rules Rules, Going Deep to Save Our Ocean Treasures and 10 Wild and Wonderful Places Obama Has Saved.

For Afar, I wrote about ciders of the West, Paris with kids and the best Los Angeles day trip you can take, no car required.

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 12.01.53 PMUnited Hemispheres assigned two fun pieces on farm-to-table diners and drinking vinegars AKA “sour power.”

I wrote about riding the overnight train from Seattle to Los Angeles for Family Fun, which is a trip I recommend to everyone, everywhere, with kids or without.

For Alaska Airlines Magazine, I penned features on study-abroad programs, visiting the Columbia River Gorge and the art of master craftsmen. Here are a few samples: nontraditional college classes (yes, I discuss underwater basket weaving at Reed) and another on applying to grad school.

For AAA Journey, I told readers why it’s enjoyable to get locked up inside escape rooms, about an LA stop that supplies two kinds of comics (illustrated and stand-up) and suggested best-of-the-Northwest summer 2016 adventures. For the Southern California edition (AAA Westways), I wrote about coastline ocean institutes that educate and entertain.

On the business/content side of life, I contributed to naming and branding projects for Landor Associates and content-writing for the platform Contently. I also rewrote various professional websites and assembled Los Angeles-area travel guides for agents, among other side-projects.

I often write about higher ed and careers for The Seattle Times; a recent piece offered tips on landing unusual scholarships, including one scholarship just for losers. More traditional articles include choosing the right graduate school programnurses who volunteer around the world and careers where you never have to grow up.

And finally, I was happy to get back to my librarian roots with a piece for Backpacker on novels set in National Parks.

Portfolio January 2015 -August 2015

Here’s what I’ve been busy with this year, so far:

Afar Cover

For Afar, I wrote about Drinking (and not Driving) in Los Angeles, including a few of my favorite new nightspots. Next, I’m writing about Paris with kids.

I conducted a Q&A with the fascinating, generous Rafer Johnson about L.A.’s Special Olympics games, for Los Angeles Magazine.

For New York Magazine, I shared a weekend escape plan to Victoria, BC, and a weekend arty escape to Seattle, including dining, hotel and activity recommendations.

I love eating. And drinking. So I’ve enjoyed recent assignments from United Hemispheres magazine on everything from bitters on the menu to drinking vinegars.

Kirkus Reviews keeps my planner filled with interviews, chatting with some amazing authors about their new works, including Rita Williams Garcia, Pam Munoz Ryan (selected as one of Kirkus’s 2015’s best books) and Kyle Boelte.

I wrote about foodie festivals, business and education for Alaska Airlines Magazine (ask for PDFs).

For The Seattle Times, I’ve been regularly writing on higher education and careers, including careers in cannabis, body language in interviews and sacred jobs. My ST story on writing the perfect graduate-school essay was placed on the University of Washington’s Human-Centered Design and Engineering website, because they thought it might help a student or two.

For AAA Westways (Southern California), I waxed poetic about Ojai’s “Pink Moment.”

Organic Life offered several great print and digital assignments, including 6 Homesteaders Who Are Living the Dream, camping hacks and the history of communes.

For the consumer health site MedHelp, I’ve written app content on pregnancy, postpartum depression and safer camping with kids. For that last piece, I learned that some children put turtles in their mouths. Hmm. I discover something new every day. Maybe turtles will be a new food trend, who knows.

And I wrote a more personal essay for Redbook magazine, but it’s under a pseudonym. Shoot me an e-mail if you’d like to read it.

In the past six months, I’ve also composed copy and providing naming and tagline work for Repair the World, Landor Associates and MasterCard and provided pro bono annual report and photography services for the Washington Gorge Action Programs.