I’m a digital content specialist, which is to say writer, blogger, editor, with top-notch online credentials. Travel is a specialty. I also write essays, news and feature articles. I guide clients large and small who want to maintain, update or redesign their websites, scouting design studies (Wordpress, Drupal, Squarespace) and coordinating all aspects of redesign. I am also available to develop and manage cross-platform social media campaigns. For many years, I was a financial journalist. I wrote for Institutional Investor’s Portfolio Letter — CNBC's David Faber was my editor — and then, for five-plus years, covered Washington for Investor's Business Daily. More recently, I've developed an interest in public and global health, thanks to a long-term on-site assignment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
I grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut, today home to three major travel companies: Kayak, Priceline and Virgin Atlantic’s U.S. headquarters as well as Tauck Tours, a leading tour operator. I return several times a year to visit family. I’m a serious hotel geek. When I visit Norwalk these days, I stay at the Norwalk Inn or the Hilton Garden Inn. Memorable hotel stays in assorted farflung places include the Sanctuary at Camelback (Scottsdale), the Inn at the Roman Forum (Rome), il Fattori (Cesenatico, Italy), the Homestead (Hot Spring, Virginia), the National (South Beach), the James (Chicago), Banys Orientals (Barcelona), Majestic Elegance (Punta Cana). My complete hotel "wish list" is too long to enumerate, but includes the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong (the view!), the Savoy (the history!) and, in Mexico, Verana (the ambiance!).
Travel + Leisure, Executive Travel, HotelChatter, People, Dream of Italy, The Washington Post Magazine, Men’s Journal, Pages, MORE, Consumer Reports Magazine, FamilyFun, Cooking Light, America Online Travel, Consumer Reports Money Adviser, Working Woman, The Discovery Channel Online, washingtonpost.com, Parenting, Travel + Leisure Family, Preservation Magazine Online, Outside Family Vacations, Budget Travel, New England Travel & Life, Regardie’s Power, Boston Magazine’s Concierge.
I was an AFS (American Field Service) Exchange student to Clermont-Ferrand, France; my host father was an engineer at the Michelin tire company. (In case you're wondering, the guidebook editorial offices are in Paris.) I am the direct descendant of Winifred Benham, the last person to be accused of “cavorting with the devil,” or witchcraft, in 17th-century New England. This makes me eligible for the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches. Alas, I have yet to join. Authenticating ancestry is a most cumbersome affair.
I have an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College; a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the George Washington University; and a Certificate in Historical Docu-mentary Filmmaking from the George Washington University's Center for Historical Documentary Film. I was a National Press Foundation fellow to the Wharton Business School’s Seminar for Financial Writers at the University of Pennsylvania.
I live in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. My son is a college freshman. I'm raising the last of his child-hood pets, a Russian tortoise named Shelley, amidst hundreds of books and a modest collection of textiles, photographs and mid-century art. I am an exuberant home cook who worked one summer in the kitchen of a private home on Martha's Vineyard. For one dinner, I peeled hard-boiled quail's eggs.