I was born in New York City, grew up in Alabama, and have lived most of my adult life in Minnesota (much to my surprise; where does the time go?). Places in between have included Dayton, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Hanover, New Hampshire, and Nairobi, Kenya. These days, I also spend a fair amount of time in Northern California, as my husband and I long ago fell in love with the landscape in Mendocino County and spend as much time there as we can.
Whenever possible, I like to laugh, though I am not at all opposed to crying.
I was a history major at Dartmouth College, after which I worked in environmental advocacy for brief stints at The World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations Environment Program, and went to graduate school for a Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. After grad school, I worked on staff and later as a consultant for a non-profit organization in the Twin Cities raising funds from corporations and foundations for affordable housing. Few things give as good practice at focusing your written messages clearly than requesting large sums of money from big donors for a worthy cause.
I consider myself lucky to have been surrounded by great storytellers all my life. In my own storytelling, I explore ways to merge photographs, video, and sounds with spoken and written narratives to try to amplify the emotional connections of the stories I choose to share.
If a story doesn’t make me either laugh or cry, it’s probably not one I am interested in telling.
A self-taught sound and video editor with 12 years experience, I use FinalCut Pro for video editing, LogicPro for sound editing, and am newly beginning to dabble in the Adobe Creative Suite. I am a huge Canon fan for my digital SLR photography and videography, and I record on handheld digital devices by Edirol and Zoom.
When not at Studio-Lu, I am sipping wine and writing about it at The Thirsty Kitten, a blog I maintain with my equally wine-obsessed spouse. The stories I write there are about small wineries with enormous heart—people who are passionate about growing grapes and caring for the land (oh, and making tasty wines, too). Though on the surface the topic is wine, my real mission there is to promote the joys of pausing to savor a good story and a moment of gratitude in the company of good friends.