Literary Arts

I love to write… about all kinds of things. Travel. Spirituality. Family. Adventure. Relationships. Sustainability. Community. Art & Music. Events. DIY. ALL KINDS OF THINGS! Over the course of this career I’ve carved out, I’ve had the opportunity to do some incredible things. I wrote my first book; The Me I Was memoir… Magazines and newspapers – local and even national – have trusted me to write on topics ranging from fashion to spirituality… I even wrote a piece that was read (and read and read and re-read) on QVC! I’ve ghostwritten a couple of books (shhh! I can’t tell you which ones. That’s why it’s ‘ghost’-ing), and I’ve had the chance to help small businesses tell their stories with newsletters, blog posts, and marketing materials… and recently I made my first forays into editing.  I didn’t expect to like it. I was sure I wouldn’t want to actually be an editor. I was wrong. I LOVE it. I can’t wait to wander even further down that road. (Update: Guess what? I did! Melange, Black Hills – the newest Black Hills Arts and Entertainment magazine – is coming Summer 2019!)

I love this work, deeply. All iterations of it. I can’t get enough. In fact, apparently I so deeply enjoyed the creative self-mutilation; I’m publishing a second book and a third is brewing.

What I love most about the roles this work has afforded me in life, though, is the connections. From subject to writer, interviewee to interviewer, author to reader. I love to tell stories, to make people feel, and that is why I write. It is why I will continue to write, as long as I’m physically able.

While I am not paid for the content you will find on this website, there is one exception: I am a Madera Brand Ambassador. Because I believe passionately in this brand, in what they’re doing for the world. Seriously. It’s awesome. They sell outdoor gear. Ok, yeah, lots of places do that. But they give back too. And, yes lots of places do that as well. But here’s the thing, these guys give back in a way that has huge, ffar-reaching impacts.

They plant two trees for every hammock sold – because, you know, ‘hammocks need trees!’. They educate farmers in Africa to raise trees sustainably – supporting the good of the planet. And, in turn, supporting the local environment. Farmers get fruits and nuts and wood from the trees to sell at local markets, supporting themselves. And in exchange for spreading the word about Madera, Ambassadors get a little commission when our friends and families buy awesome outdoor gear from them, supporting us! Oh, and they also plant trees for all the other products they sell – because, like I said, they’re awesome. (Go check out all the details on the Madera Website.) So, you can see why I’m an ambassador.

IMG_2220This incredible little company has built a system that supports the planet, supports sustainability, supports families in poverty, and supports brand ambassadors (like me!) – and their customers get to “Camp like they give a damn.” If you’d like to shop for all manner of outdoor awesome, support Madera, and support ME while you do it (THANK YOU, by the way!), click here.

If you’d like to read my musings on life, love, cooking, diy experiments, travel, and all other manner of long-form-thought-experiments, subscribe to my blog. If you’d prefer to stick to the funny stories about the sometimes-awkward navigation of my own life, check out Wiser, Wilder, Weirder. Get a little note when I publish something new by subscribing – and tell me what you think!And if you’d like to chat, stay in touch on Facebook. (I tried the other SM networks… I just can’t keep up).

If you’d like to browse through some of my older work, check out the links below.

FACES Magazine

Black Hills Parent Magazine

Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman blog

Natural Home Magazine

Black Hills Woman Magazine

Native Sun News Today