I am a blogger, writer, teacher, and speaker. My passion is creative nonfiction storytelling, whether it is about progressive politics, my family, mental illness, or my underwear. Mostly about my underwear.
Writing. I blog here at The Reedster Speaks, where I try to find the humor in even the difficult. I’m a four-time recipient of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year award and a contributing writer for yeah write, a weekly online writing challenge. My work has appeared on Brain, Child magazine, The Huffington Post, Aiming Low, I Just Want to Pee Alone, In the Powder Room, WhatToExpect.com, and more.
Teaching. I’ve taught writing in one form or another since I was in law school back in the Reagan era, continuing throughout my careers as a lawyer, an academic, and a writer. I’m a Master Online Teacher certified by the Illinois Online Network and currently offer online courses in storytelling for bloggers.
Speaking. I started speaking in front of audiences at my high school graduation and I pretty much haven’t shut up since then. I present frequently on nonfiction storytelling for writers, most recently at WordCamp Atlanta and the Boarding Area Conference for travel bloggers. I also speak about the oldest story of all – the hero’s journey. As I hit the half-century mark, I’m on career three and I use my story to inspire others to accept their calls to adventure and follow their passions.
I live in Asheville, North Carolina, with my family and dogs, including a giant Saint Bernard. You might think I thrive on chaos. I do not.