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I’ve written essays for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, including Winter Survival Plan: Host a Soup Swap, Five-Finger Gratitude, Dropping Gratitude Bombs, Finding the “Secret” of my Mom’s “Secret Recipe” and “My job imploded during an after-hours, post childcare conference call.” My “This I Believe” essay on The Power of Soup was nationally broadcast on NPR’s The Bob Edwards Show.
Community and Nonprofits
Delta Sky: Hometown Heroes: Community Foundations in Atlanta, Seattle and Utah, Minnesota’s food production scene, Minnesota Made: innovation in the North Star state, National nonprofits that help kids get a start on good careers, Helping rural food deserts across the US, Minnesota is hot in retail, food and healthcare
Finance & Commerce: The Good Acre food hub is a major player in the farm-to-table movement
MNSights (flagship publication of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners): All Creatures Great and Small: Animal Welfare Nonprofits, Everyday Philanthropy: Have your cake and give back too, Everyday Philanthropy: Clean up, do good, Everyday Philanthrophy: The crowd goes wild: making smart choices with crowdfunding, Everyday Philanthropy: helping others become economically empowered
USA Today’s Go Escape magazine: A tour of Minneapolis’ Grand Rounds (51-mile cycling trail)
Food and Lifestyle
AllRecipes’ Dish: I’ve written a variety of content for this national site, including: Get a week’s worth of dinners at a soup swap, 8 ways to use leftover nuts, making your own labneh cheese at home and the makings of a Lebanese feast.
Catersource magazine: Profile of Holly Safford, founder of Boston’s The Catered Affair, profile of Beth Winthrop, national wellness director for Sodexo Campus Services Division, feature on SEARCH Foundation, which helps events professionals in crisis, profile of “the Buddha of the business,” interview on hospitality with Disney U’s Doug Lipp, trend piece on catering to kids, profile of Kendall Collier of Atlanta’s A Divine Event, three top caterers share their holiday party plans, sharing surplus food with neighbors in need and caterers’ food trucks are on a roll, Brandon Maxwell’s business is on fire
Eating Well: Verjus comes a comeback, My butcher is a vegan!
Growler magazine (Beer, Food & Culture): The science of hangovers, The unknown history of Minneapolis’ hand-pump drinking wells, Nonprofits work to fix broken food system, Fire Cider, the badass winter tonic
Minnesota Meetings + Events: Food trends, Best-of awards, Farm-to-table chefs (cover story), Meetings & Events associations, Food truck trends, Rustic venues in restored barns, Don’t just meet there, move something, Unconventional convention centers (cover story), Have a ball at your next meeting, Profile of ice sculptor Robbie Harrell, feature on St. Louis Park, Visiting Fargo (with a detour to “the” chipper)
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Take your veggies to funkytown with fermentation, Stress-free graduation parties, Eat your (sea) vegetables, Young gardeners team up with chefs, Five sisters team up for hummus startup, essay on Church Lady Cookbooks, culinary professionals train young adults with ASD
Minnesota Monthly: College tours & family fun (yes, it’s possible!)
MIX: Food Deserts and the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Co-Ops’ Community Initiatives, Co-Op Board Member Profile, Staff Picks for Thanksgiving Favorites, No More Dinner Parties: Social Cooking, Seward Co-op Celebrates 40 Years, How to Fall (and Stay) Asleep, The Five-Second Rule and other Food Safety Issues, Using Native Plants in the Garden, Wellness Products Worth the Money
Renew (published by UnitedHealthcare, targeted to seniors): How to be happy at home, Brain-boosting power foods, Front of book (Articles include 10 things to do before 10 a.m., the power of color, color decorating tips, winter greens & online bonus kale chip recipe, which I developed), Exercise as Medicine
Carleton College alumni magazine: Fixity founder Katherine Hayes
College of Biological Sciences (University of Minnesota): The message in the microbiomes, press release on phosphorus & nitrogen research findings, feature on functional proteomics research, two years in Kazakhstan with Katherine Himes, From Olympian to Family Doc: Marie Roethlisberger profile, Biology of Sex teacher Sehoya Carter, Alumni profiles of “20 under 30”, Brother and sister doctor team, Research on Indian bush frogs, Cancer researcher Laurie Parker, Med-school bound alumni Annechael Wood, med tech patent legal assistant Beau Miller, physician assistant Celia Hemmerich, new plant curator Lisa Philander, feature on U of MN Conservatory, educational gaming initiative, studying giraffes in Africa, transatlantic agreement between Norway and Minnesota reaches milestone, Humans to chimps: We’re not your alibi, Perry Hackett and the Sleeping Beauty Transposon, donor Mary Kemen, updates on extremphile research
College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (University of Minnesota): Tiny organisms, big benefits
Concordia St. Paul magazine: Cover story on urban education, including interview with Minnesota Teacher of the Year A. B. Wright.
Finance & Commerce: My interview with the Dean of University of Minnesota’s College of Design, Carol Strohecker.
Macalester College alumni magazine: FlipKey.com founder TJ Mahony, New York artist Legacy Russell, National Geographic videographer Nathan Williamson, tutoring center Rock Star Supply Co., Two alums behind CaringBridge, Local playwright Kristine Holmgren, new leader of The Loft Literary Center
University of Minnesota Medical Foundation: New Developments in Pediatric Brain Health
The Line magazine chronicles the Twin Cities’ creativity in entrentrepreneurship, culture, retail, placemaking and the arts. Rachel Swardson, Mompreneur, CityCamp MN, Eco-Conscious Holiday Shopping, Microbrewing’s Hottest Power Couple, Facebook for the Neighborhood, The Block that Rocks, Geeks Doing Good: The Nerdery’s Overnight Website Challenge, Geoffrey Canada visits Minneapolis,“Yes, and…” Profile of HUGE Improv Theater, Gorilla Yogis, Poverty Solutions for a High-Tech Age, Bright Future for Bright Cable, Out-of-School Innovations, Native American Youth Filmmakers, Local Nonprofits Redefine Aid to Africa, Eat for Equity, Rock Star Supply Co., Urban Debate League, Meet Shefali Mehta, the New Face of STEM, Women’s Business Development Center, Huge Improv: Minnesota’s Funniest Nonprofit Board, Jacalyn Knight celebrates 25 years at Youth Performance Company, Rick Brimacomb and Club Entrepreneur, Twin Cities’ Food Truck Boom
Minnesota Parent: Musical Response to Bullying, Baby (Business) Boom (cover story), How to Host a Soup Swap, Cafeteria Confidential (cover story), A+ Teacher Gifts, Star Struck Kids (cover story), Squishy, Squashy Birthday Fun, Hosting Exchange Students, Blissful Breakfasts, Vote Young, Vote Forever, Global Parenting Techniques — Bebes and Tigers and Guilt, Oh My!, Theater Manners, Detoxified Babies (cover story), High-Tech Mischief: Is Your Kid Pulling the Pixels Over Your Eyes? Kids’ Yoga with the Adventures of Super Stretch, Should You Put Your Kid on a Diet?, Surviving Summer Stress (cover story), How to Cope with Head Lice, What’s Next After Your Child’s Mental Health Diagnosis, Gender Reveal Parties (cover story), Is Your Child Ready for Sleepaway Camp?, K-12 Counselors, Potty Training Boot Camp, How to Raise an Upstander, Author Nora McInerney Shares Work-from-Home Secrets
American Jewish World: Children of Terezin (including interviews with playwright Michael Slade and Ellen Kennedy, Executive Director of World Without Genocide), “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank”
Finance & Commerce: OLSON agency’s new building, University of Minnesota’s gets a new Dean for College of Design
Good Age: Detecting Mental Health Issues in Grandchildren, Let’s Go Fishing, Active Volunteering at Any Age, Top Tips from Style Pros (cover) Profile of theater grande dames Wendy Lehr and Barbara Kingsley (cover), Mary Hanson: the art of the interview (cover), hockey legend Lou Nanne (cover), famed foodie Sue Zelickson (cover), actor Keith Rice, the once and future king (cover), World-travelling Navab brothers (cover), Veteran broadcaster Don Shelby (cover), founders of Circus Juventas (cover), Meet the Real Santa (cover), Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Maureen Bausch (cover), The Food Building’s Kieran Folliard (cover), Sue Moores of Roots for the Home Team (cover), Greg Lais of Wilderness Inquiry (cover)
Moneygeek.com: Second Acts: Starting an Encore Career after 50
Unfenced, The Mosaic Company magazine: Leadership in Tough Times
Women’s Enterprise USA: Profile of Emily DiMenco, president of Women’s Business Development Center