In June of 2021 I took my dog, Matilda, left my home and birthplace of Portland, Oregon, and moved to Chesterton, Indiana to be closer to my children and grandchildren.
I’m not a complete Midwest newbie, having some years ago received a master’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Now I love taking the South Shore commuter train from Chesterton to visit Hyde Park and other parts of Chicago.
My writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal (where I was a regular contributor to the Leisure & Arts page for 17 years); The New York Times (where my articles appeared regularly in the Sunday Travel section for 13 years); O, The Oprah Magazine; Sunset; Alaska Beyond; Super Lawyers; Wine Enthusiast; Preservation; AARP The Magazine, and many others. I wrote the screenplay for Finding David Douglas, a 2012 documentary film about the 19th-century Scottish botanist who explored the Pacific Northwest and was the namesake of the Douglas-fir tree.
When I’m not busy looking after my grandchildren or hiking the Indiana Dunes, I’m working on freelance or personal writing projects.