ross-pollination [kros-pol-uh-NEY-shuhn] n: interaction or interchange, as between two or more fields of activity or knowledge, that is mutually beneficial and productive
I love being a writer. I love researching articles about fascinating people, places, issues, and experiences. I love working with organizations to help strategize and communicate their messaging. I love learning about new things—the way interviewing a socio-eco-immunologist leads to profiling a beekeeper, then to becoming a beekeeper myself. And I especially love the way everything you learn informs and enriches the rest of what you do, including your quality of conversations with others. Cross pollination. It's the opposite of the silo.
On the business side I work as a content consultant and copyeditor with organizations in renewable energy, technology, education, politics, medicine, wellness, homestead agriculture, and more, with clients including Google, Square, IBM, UPS, Yale, and Case Western Reserve University. Studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism left me with a lifelong and ironclad respect for good research, clear and interesting sentences, and making deadlines.
On the journalism side I've been a writer of features, profiles, narratives, and essays, contributing to Conde Nast Traveler, NPR, Sports Illustrated, Boston Magazine, Health, Psychology Today, Parenting, Men's Journal, ELLE, and Self. An article on hidden toxins in the Boston suburbs won a National City and Regional Magazine silver medal. In my NYC days, I was an editor and television commentator for Conde Nast Traveler magazine, covering current events and scams, travel advice, and writing annual features on top golf and ski resorts. Nope, it was not a terrible job.
On the creative side, I channeled my passion for fiction into writing the novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. (Crown/Random House, 2012), and enjoy coaching high school students to find their voice in college essays. My hives of honeybees are fighting the good eco fight and provide the raw materials for The Hive Lives, my little beeswax candle and natural soapmaking company that donates a portion of profits to colony collapse research.
I live in metrowest Boston with my family, too many pets, and a coop full of generous hens. I have a mug that says "My pets make me breakfast."