If You’re New to Working At Home – Don’t Forget to Do This

Thanks to COVID-19, a bunch of folks who usually don’t work remotely are doing so. Graphic designers, writers, and other freelancers already have a handle on a lot of things for home-based work – like scheduling, organization, etc. – but one thing I didn’t get a grasp of was my physical fitness. Before I startedContinue reading “If You’re New to Working At Home – Don’t Forget to Do This”

Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times

My mom grew up on a farm. Here, she learned to identify flowers (thank you boy scout leader Grandpa!), bird songs, and many other interesting natural things. Both of my parents were outdoors people and we often went camping, even survival camping when I was very young. Since becoming an adult, I’ve lost this knowledgeContinue reading “Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times”

A Good Time for Camp NaNoWriMo

This year, thanks to the lock-downs and quarantines, it seems like the perfect time to dedicate my April to doing another NaNo project. Especially as I have some big disappointments in my creative house right now.

The Jerrie Mock Podcast Goes Live Today

I’ll let the podcast do most of the talking, but for anyone who’s intrigued by history, aviation, women making history, or travel, you’ll love the story of my grandmother, Jerrie Mock, first woman to fly around the world. Join us on her 29+ day flight starting in Columbus, Ohio, making her way around the globe,Continue reading “The Jerrie Mock Podcast Goes Live Today”

Petra van Nuis—from Radio City Rockettes to International Jazz Singer

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com “I went to the auditions for the Rockettes, and [knew] I’d probably get in, since I’d done it the year before…I did the audition and I thought ‘I really don’t want to be here.’ … They’re corny. It was stupid artistically… I had pointe shoes in my bag. I was wrappingContinue reading “Petra van Nuis—from Radio City Rockettes to International Jazz Singer”

Don Stille, Grammy Nominated Jazz Accordionist

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com A hot, sunny Saturday afternoon welcomed thousands to Edgewater, a small, eclectic neighborhood in the north end of Chicago, where artists of varying kinds had collected to show off their stuff. Potters, jewelers, mask makers and painters line the streets between Broadway and Sheridan, while stages at either end of theContinue reading “Don Stille, Grammy Nominated Jazz Accordionist”

Natalja: A Jazzy Cabaret Singer, Inspired by Movement and Collaboration

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com I came upon the Coffee Studio on Clark Street, here in Chicago, just minutes past 7:30. At first, I didn’t recognize her, but this feeling made me lean in closer to see if the woman sitting there outside was her.  “It is you!” Natalja looked up from her book, rose toContinue reading “Natalja: A Jazzy Cabaret Singer, Inspired by Movement and Collaboration”

Andy Brown, a Man of International Talent with a Heart for Local Music

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com – 2018 He has played piano since he was young and started saxophone in middle school. But at fifteen, he got a guitar, and found his passion. “Some of the musical things I had learned as a young guy [transferred to guitar]. My dad wants to take credit for it…and heContinue reading “Andy Brown, a Man of International Talent with a Heart for Local Music”

2020 International Women’s Day Honoree: Jerrie Mock

You have probably heard of Amelia Earhart. And you likely know that she was an aviation pioneer. You probably know she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, solo. And you’ve probably also been taught that she was the first woman to fly around the world. But that last part isn’t true. AmeliaContinue reading “2020 International Women’s Day Honoree: Jerrie Mock”

Budget Travel Tip: Motivation to Run on the Road

I’m someone who needs a specific goal to keep me training. If I want to run loads to improve my overall health, the motivation of “feeling better” isn’t enough. I need a race – something I can’t get out of to keep me running. Otherwise, I get bored and stop training.