I’m a life-long Virginian who was raised in Fairfax County, not far from many members of my extended family.
In 1992 I graduated from the School of Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where I was also heavily involved with the student newspaper, The Commonwealth Times, as well as dance and performance arts groups.
I spent several years writing dance columns for Charlottesville’s The C-Ville Weekly, and six years working as an online producer and message boards discussion moderator for washingtonpost.com, from 2000-2006.
Today I’m the Creative Director of Curren Media Group, a digital marketing agency that I co-founded with my husband Erik, which primarily serves the solar industry.
I’ve been writing all my life, including hundreds of essays on energy, politics, consumption, culture, climate, waste, and the “slow” lifestyle. These latter essays were mostly for Transition Voice (and resilience.org), and this website.
I love all kinds of art, including the decorative arts, but myself am drawn to creating broadside posters, which I’ve done since I was 16. My early interest in printing was inspired by my great-grandfather “J.J.,” who was an engraver at the United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving in Washington, DC.
In my spare time I read, mostly early American history, and travel Virginia to see our amazing historic sites and indulge in our phenomenal food and booze culture. I’m not-so-secretly into so-called “cosplay,” meaning it’s not unheard of for me to walk around on any given day in one of my many historically accurate repro dresses from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
I love to cook and garden and I’m the mama of two daughters, Chloë 20, and Anwyn 22.
But more than anything I’m both spiritual and religious.
I believe profoundly in the compassion and love at the heart of Christ consciousness. My personal realm of service to and through God manifests, among other ways, by writing on the wildly unpopular and deeply uncomfortable truths about how, on a practical level, we’re treating our world, and what its implications are for us all.
I’m driven to explore and confront the most troubling predicaments of our time, which I believe are in energy and the environment, basically looking how we deal with the resources, consumption, and waste in our shared world, the Earth, our only biological life support system. I fear that too little attention is paid to this while we fight cultural, ideological, and identity battles, none of which, however important, will have a place, or matter, on a dead planet.
To that end, I’m drawn to the kind of responsible, dispassionate, critical thought and high-minded ideals pursued by judicious and fair-minded thinkers who are also committed to ideas, plans, and problem solving.
But hey, I also like children’s books, beer, Indie Rock, Northern Exposure, Jane Austen, and Harold and Kumar. Go figure!