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.
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
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.
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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...
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!
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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.
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...
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.
Change is Good! Inspire(d)’s 14th Anniversary Issue! • Decorah Prairie • Community Builders: Craig & Sara Neuzil • Melissa Wray • Josh Hertel • Nancy ...
The acclaimed St. Louis restaurant Bulrush commissions heritage crops to define Ozark cuisine
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.
End-of-life care is a passion project of mine, as I trained in 2020 as a "death doula" with the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) and am interested in creative legacy projects, oral histories and storytelling.
GreenPenny, a virtual and carbon-neutral bank affiliated with Decorah Bank & Trust, specializes in financial commercial and residential solar installations. Read more!