Saying Goodbye to Maryland Life Magazine

Saying goodbye is never easy. Six years ago, I faced a tough decision. Well, tough for me. I had to decide if I was going  to attend the Iowa Summer Writer's Workshop or accept a job at a new magazine. I opted for the later. As much as I wanted to go to Iowa -- attending that prestigious writing program is still a dream -- I couldn't pass up full-time employment to spend the summer writing amidst cornfields. So I chose the practical option. And I haven't regretted that decision for one single moment (but I did frame my acceptance letter from the University of Iowa). However, today, I'm saying goodbye to Maryland Life magazine. Not because I want to but because I have to. Today, Maryland Life magazine will cease publication. I am sad. That's for certain. I've shed many tears and will probably shed a few more. I have loved this job. Correction: I LOVE this job. It's my passion. I get to write and edit and travel and be creative. Its been a dream. What … [Read more...]

First Lady Michelle Obama, Eli Manning and the Partnership For A Healthier America

So this happened Friday... I attended the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit on March 8, 2013 at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. The energy in the room was infectious. This fitness foodie totally geeked out. I loved learning about the Farm to School program, hearing the dynamic Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ, and discovering the Reebok's BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) program from its ambassador New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning. Listening to the First Lady deliver the closing keynote was pretty cool, too. OK, REALLY COOL! (so was getting a press pass with "White House" on it.) Now, I'm even more inspired by her Let's Move! campaign. What's inspiring you today? … [Read more...]

My Food Network Magazine Debut

I’m so so excited that I can finally share this news! Earlier this year, I was asked by Food Network Magazine – FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE people! – to nominate three Maryland pizzas for a travel article they were planning about pizzas from every state. They selected one of my nominees and asked me to do a write up for the article. If you look closely at the end of the article, you’ll find my name listed under Pizza Scouts. Guess I can now add “Food Network Pizza Scout” to my resume. : ) Check out 50 States 50 Pizzas here. Click on thumbnail 20 to see the Flag Pizza from Baltimore’s Joe Squared and read what I wrote. To read more about my dining experience, check out my blog post for Maryland Life magazine. … [Read more...]