Here you’ll find examples of my short-form writing style and excerpts from past projects.  Please feel free to peruse them at your leisure, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

First up, I have an excerpt from an article written to introduce the beginning baker on what you’ll need to consider to get started entitled Let’s Do This!:

We have all smelled the sweet aroma of baking cookies somewhere in our lifetime.  Whether it was Nana, or our Mom, or that awesome lady next door, there really hasn’t ever been anything that compared to that sensation.

What happens when we suddenly are struck with the inspiration to make our own?

We could, of course, go the store and buy a recipe book.  Or even search online for recipes.  But what do we really need to get started?

Here’s a brief list of what may help all you newbies out there in getting to that fresh-baked goodness.

  • Have Fun!: Really, just relax.  It isn’t rocket science or brain surgery.  Getting your hands messy and dropping some eggs are all part of the process.  Breathe.  Laugh.  Do a little dance.  It’s going to be O.K.
  • Buy Good Quality Ingredients:  Get the good butter.  Buy the fresh eggs.  Choose the chocolate that you’d want to just snack on.  The fresher and higher quality the ingredient is, the better those cookies are going to taste (and smell!) And don’t worry if it costs a bit extra.  Your roommates/partner will thank you later!
  • Ratios! Ratios! Ratios!:  Baking really isn’t about measurements.  It’s about ratios.  A certain amount of butter to sugar to eggs, etc.  1:2. 2:3. 3:4. Glance over your recipe and try to look at it through your 5th grade Math whiz self.  You’ll soon see the numbers.
  • Try the Dough:  No, seriously, try some.  It’ll tell you if it’s missing salt.  Or, if you thought it was sugar and it was really salt (we’ve all done it…don’t worry!)

Other than that, it’s really just getting in there and practicing.  Build those cookie muscles and don’t worry if they turn out to be a little too this, or a little too that.  Even if they look like something your dog left in the yard, the experience will teach you what you can do differently next time.

And seriously, don’t forget to have fun!


 

The following is another excerpt, but this one is from a previous travel blog that centered around solo travel and personal awareness entitled AwareintheWorld.  The name for the post was Do You Know?:

Here’s an experiment for you:

Read this sentence three times and write down all the thoughts that are going through your mind as you do.

Yes, that sentence.
It’s not very long, but within those few seconds, I’m guessing you had a dialogue that circled around the concepts of time.

What did that guy say to me yesterday…?  Am I wasting my precious minutes reading this?  Do I have enough time to get a coffee before work?
I can’t wait until this weekend…I have so much I need to get done.

These dialogues distract us; they put us in a position where we can easily find ourselves getting “stuck”.  It’s a particularly painful kind of stuck, too.  It feels like you can’t get out of this endless cycle where you are constantly beating your head against the wall with your hands tied behind your back.
But it can all stop.
Right now.
If you allow yourself to see that you have the power to break out of the cycle.
If you remember that it is your perceptions, and yours alone, that your world is built upon.  With that in mind, think on this for a moment:

You do not have to rush to work today.
No one, any where, said that you did.  

That park that you pass by every day, that you think might be nice to go sit in someday, can be where you stop today and enjoy your coffee from.
No one said you had to drink coffee in a coffee shop.

That person you never “get around to calling” because you’re always at work, or doing something at home, can be who you laugh for hours with today.
No one said you couldn’t.

And that’s the challenge; taking a step back and realizing that you can enjoy the moment that you are living.  The moment right now that is occurring.  Despite the dialogue and the cycles.
Because these moments add up to a life that is better…a life that we all want to live and be appreciative for.

So, are you ready?  Because here’s the question again…

Do you know how beautiful the world is?

If not, well, it’s high time you went and found out.


This piece was written as an introductory article for a website dealing with the care and ownership of dogs.  It’s entitled Doggie Friend Throwing Up Clear Liquid?  Here’s What It Could Be…

“Hey, did you just notice that Pickle drank her water in like five seconds, flat?”, says my best friend.

“No…But that’s something else.” I answer.

Pickle, a sausage of a dog, wattles off, seemingly happy as a clam.  My friend and I laugh, discussing where to go for dinner, when we suddenly hear a heaving noise from the other room.

“Uh-oh…”, I say, knowing that something just went south…

This is a normal story for most pet owners.  We watch our dogg-o friends giving the ol’ heave-ho, and we immediately sympathize…remembering our own un-well times.  We may even freak out a bit (totally valid), when we find ourselves not knowing what is going on with our best friend.  Especially when they’re throwing up clear liquid, as there’s no sure indicator of what’s happening internally.

Here then, are a few key things to look for, and the possible causes, as well as what you can do to help when you see your pup barfing up clear liquid:

Did she/he just drink tons of water too fast? Your pup may have just hammered through a whole half gallon of water without even blinking an eye. This can cause their stomachs to react just like ours will—too much+too fast=got to go.  This will encourage expulsion, and that expulsion will include gastric juices.  It’s not really water they’re getting rid of—it’s the acid that is in the stomach.  If you see no foam or food, keep them away from the water and food bowls for the next 12 hours, minimum, to let their stomachs calm down.

Is/are there foam or small particles of blood? This can be an indicator that something deeper, and more serious, is going on.  Especially if it isn’t clear the amount/kind of food/liquid they’ve consumed that day.  Vets point out that liquid vomit can mean gastritis, kidney or pancreas issues, as well as esophageal issues.  If you see this consistently, it is important to get your pet in for a check-up right away.  Abstaining from food/liquid is also important.

Is she/he a puppy or a senior? Puppies chew on things and eat stuff that they aren’t supposed to all the time.  Even adult dogs will sometimes eat a bone or some sort of food that is “No Bueno.”  This can lead to throwing up bile, which appears clearish-green, and possibly small chunks of whatever they ate.  This can be a sign of a digestive blockage, or possibly even an allergy to food, particularly if the dog is older/more sensitive.

If you suspect that anything is out of the ordinary, it’s better to take your pup to the vet.  Even if she/he drank tons of water, and you watched them heave it immediately, there may be underlying digestive issues going on.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Oh, and what happened to Pickle?  Her and her 80-pound sausage-self are doing just fine.  Although, she’d love to know what you’re doing with that water…