I write and edit with expertise in small business, education (of neurodivergent kids), and end-of-life care. Previously, I grew and sold a nationally known grass-fed beef brand.
Table Talk: Single Parenting in a Ski Town
New story in old stomping grounds. Here's a somewhat self-effacing look at single parenting in Small Town, USA.
War Stories from the Womb Episode 67: The Power of Gut Instinct: Kristine’s Story, Part II
This is the second half of my interview with host Paulette Kamanecka, featuring the insight of Dr. Natalie Stevens, a clinical psychologist at Rush University Medical Center who studies trauma and pregnancy.
The Power of Gut Instinct: Kristine's story, Part I War Stories from the Womb
Part I of II
This interview with host Paulette Kamanecka unpacks personal experience that I write about often. However, actually telling these stories out loud, face-to-face (albeit via Zoom) has proven hugely valuable to me as a writer. It's a different kind of contract--speaking and listening--than what binds writer and reader on the written page. I'm proud of this content.
Award-Winning Conservation | Luther Alumni Magazine Spring 2015
Alumna Heidi Ross founded a lab in rural Panama that does what international amphibian research said was impossible: save frog species from extinction by breeding them in captivity. The El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC) has notched success with eight species and counting, including Panama's iconic Golden Frog. EVACC has been featured in The New York Times, several documentaries, and seminal books on conservation and climate change. Ross and her husband, herpetologist Edgardo Griffith, are now recognized among the most influential conservationists in the world.
Rare Specimens: Growers in Seed Savers Exchange's Community Science Program help RENEW the collection.
This fun profile for The Heritage Farm Companion magazine features Roxane Mitten, Matt Drewno, and Jen Williams
Main: An Anthology | The Way Things Were Series
My essay, How to Paint: Tips from a Small-Town Contractor, appears in this anthology from Books by Hippocampus, edited by Donna Talarico. Each story in this collection features an element of small-town business, from Main-street storefronts to family-run meat lockers.
Read more and order here:
MAIN: An Anthology
Main: An Anthology features 12 stories about the stores, services, and specialty shops that once ruled Main Street America.
You’ll visit card and clothing stores, explore auto repair and costume shops, watch family-recipes for sweet treats and salty snacks come to life, ride along with painters and pest control experts, attend music lessons and music fests, and roam city streets, village paths, and rural roads.
Our contributors share how these family businesses defined and redefin...
The Crevice Garden: How to make the perfect home for plants from rocky places
I performed crucial production and final edits for this landmark book by Kenton Seth and Paul Spriggs. We cut the manuscript by a full third in just under one month!
Reviewed by The New York Times:
Community Builder Stephanie Fromm | Inspire(d) Summer 2022
Winneshiek economic development director Stephanie Fromm is at the heart of a nationally lauded initiative to expand childcare--and the facility's new business model--in Decorah.
This issue also marks my LAST contribution as a Driftless resident, after publishing in Inspire(d) each quarter for 16(!) years. I'm proud and honored to be part of this legacy publication celebrating Driftless communities.
Going Greener: Driftless Advocates Live Next-Steps for Making a Difference | Inspire(d) Spring 2022
Restart with Spring! Q&A with MN Artist Amy Rice • Circular Economy – Secondhand as a Way of Life • Climate Advocacy – Ayla Boylen & Leslie Smith Sand...
For the Win: Wrestling Grows Opportunity for Iowa Girls | Inspire(d) Winter 2021-22
A snapshot of women's wrestling in Iowa, on the eve of its being sanctioned as a high school sport for women. This was an honor to write.
Community Builders: Craig & Sara Neuzil | Inspire(d) Fall 2021
Change is Good! Inspire(d)’s 14th Anniversary Issue! • Decorah Prairie • Community Builders: Craig & Sara Neuzil • Melissa Wray • Josh Hertel • Nancy ...
Flavors of the Ozark | The Heritage Farm Companion
The acclaimed St. Louis restaurant Bulrush commissions heritage crops to define Ozark cuisine
Community Builders: Neil & Lara Martinsen-Burrell | Inspire(d) Summer 2021
The Martinsen-Burrells (M-B's, as they're known around these parts) chose the Driftless community for their family pretty intentionally. Here's what they're doing to pay community forward.
Love Pets, Will Travel.
Here's a primer on international pet-sitting as a means to see the world -- from the perspective of both 'sitters' and pet-owners.