I’ve Missed You!

What can I say? What started as a busy few months morphed into a yearlong (Really? How did that happen?) break. But I’m back. With recipes. And not-to-be-missed local food events and links to my writing. Speaking of which … that’s really what’s to blame for my — shall we call it a sabbatical?

I’ve been writing for The Roanoke Times, The Roanoker magazine and Life Outside — all local publications that have paid me to delve into the worlds of heirloom seeds and agritourism and young farmers betting against the odds to grow beautiful, healthful food for our tables.

I’ve been fortunate enough to write about many local artists, too. Area potters and muralists and violin makers. Hearing the stories of creatives always inspires me.

One new writing avenue for me has been personal essays. As a reader, nothing moves me more than stories of everyday people and the insights they gain in their everyday lives — think Anne Lamott or The New York Times’ Modern Love feature. It’s a genre I’d love to further explore. Here are a few personal essays recently published by The Roanoker magazine.

But my biggest news on the writing front — and one I hope you’ll be as excited about as I am — is a book project I’ve begun reporting. The concept is: me, spending one day a month at a local farm, digging deep into what it’s like to live and work the land — a way of life that’s increasingly foreign to all of us. My hope is that, at the end, I will have a nonfiction narrative written for 3rd to 5th graders, telling the tale of two kids and their day-to-day, growing up on their family’s farm. Stay tuned for updates and sneak peeks. I’m not sure how it will all come together — it won’t be all up to me, after all. But I am looking forward to seeing where this goes — and where it takes me along with it.

So, thanks, as always, for reading — this email, the publications I write for, the links I share on social media. It means a lot.

While I’m not promising any set regularity in sending out this newsletter, I am hoping to get closer to an every month rhythm. For sure, you’ll hear from me before another year goes by!