I have never worked at anything that did not include opportunities to write. As a creative writer, journalist, historian, small farmer and veteran of audience development and business development, I express my prose through different topics, over different time periods, across several industries and by using different voices.
Below are categories I have published over the past few years as a journalist, some examples of copy writing and design of marketing collateral, and some snippets of creative writing.
Volunteers at the Oxford Historical Society found a box containing years of letters pertaining to the work of the town's Overseers of the Poor. I digitized the collection and wrote a news feature about how small towns managed and treated their pauper population.
Curious about other local records, I poured through 19th and early 20th century annual town reports for the neighboring town of Paris, courtesy of the Paris Cape Historical Society. I wrote a two feature series chronicling years of Paris' poor farms.
I planned to write an irreverent Halloween story about haunted houses. Instead, I uncovered the story of a revered town leader who succumbed to mental illness. He lost his family, his business, and his once-stately home was abandoned. As it slowly crumbled, it gained notoriety as a haunted house.
Every person, no matter where they are, what they have done and when they have lived. There is no such thing as an ordinary person. I am an expert of looking at the historical record and teasing out engaging and informative content.
Maine's largest rural and geographic public school district has found itself in crisis since the pandemic. Most recently, fringe groups have recruited and trained local citizens - from nondescript to state leaders - to disrupt and divide the community, especially threatening LGBTQIA+ youth. Below is coverage of a controversial gender identity policy I reported on since October of 2022. The most recent development is that one school board director, whose conduct has undermined the work of the district, is stepping down rather than remain the face of intolerance.
I am extremely proud of the articles I have written profiling people in addiction recovery, providing community support resources and destigmatizing substance use disorder. I am passionate about giving marginalized and at risk people a voice, and a chance at a better life.
I feel a personal and professional duty to bring to light the difficulties that many families and individuals face just trying to get to the next day while finding hope. In 2021 I interviewed four families with Down syndrome in support of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The results of my interviews required breaking the content into a three-part series.
When I heard that a remaining relic of the town of Oxford was in danger of being lost, I jumped to share its story. The news article caught the attention of Maine Preservation and was placed on its "most endangered places" list. The Oxford Historical Society has since raised tens of thousands of dollars to move and restore the building and even received a property donation to relocate it to.