Clara the Cat explores her new home

For those of you who don’t know, I moved into a townhouse with my boyfriend Troy this week. It’s an exciting but busy time, and there’s still a lot of unpacking to do before we can feel settled. I couldn’t be happier, though. I plan to write more about the move in the coming weeks.Continue reading “Clara the Cat explores her new home”

Misinformation about Paterno’s death highlights challenges of breaking news on social media

Misinformation spread quickly Saturday night after Onward State reported that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died. CBS picked up on the report, and so did many other news sites, including Poynter. Some news organizations soon began contradicting the reports, however, saying that a Paterno family spokesperson told them that news about his deathContinue reading “Misinformation about Paterno’s death highlights challenges of breaking news on social media”

Wordnik & Urban Dictionary changing how we think about language, redefining meaning

I wrote a piece this week that I really enjoyed reporting. It’s less about journalism and more about the fluidity of  language and how the meaning of words changes over time. I spoke with editors from Merriam-Webster, Wordnik and Urban Dictionary, who all have different outlooks on how words should be defined. At Merriam-Webster, itContinue reading “Wordnik & Urban Dictionary changing how we think about language, redefining meaning”

Getting tested for the BRCA gene mutation

Note: This blog post was published in January 2012. Cancer. It’s that ugly word that always lingers in the back of my mind. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 36 and died when she was 40. My mom’s sister was diagnosed at age 48 and died when she was 52. WhileContinue reading “Getting tested for the BRCA gene mutation”

Carving out some ‘me time’ during my staycation

It’s a good thing I don’t get bored. For the past week, I’ve been taking a staycation and have found plenty to do. Normally when I take vacation time, I’m traveling and spending most of my time running around to see family and friends. Or I’m entertaining visitors here in St. Pete. I love travelingContinue reading “Carving out some ‘me time’ during my staycation”

Finding balance in yoga, our diet, our life

I keep telling myself I’m going to do yoga. But I never make the time to go — usually because I’m too busy or I figure it’s easier to go for a run instead. I’m reading a book, though, that has made me want to start going to yoga again, if for no other reasonContinue reading “Finding balance in yoga, our diet, our life”

Why we turn to food when we’re stressed & what we can do instead

I stumbled across a new blog the other night that I can’t stop looking at. “Design Love Fest” is run by Bri Emery, a designer “who entertained an early passion for design and typography by keeping inspiration journals of curated images torn from magazines and scotch taped together.” I love that description and many ofContinue reading “Why we turn to food when we’re stressed & what we can do instead”

Food, love & a slice of cuatro leches cake

I really want to make this cuatro leches cake — mainly because it looks delicious but also because of the story behind it. Part of the reason why I love cooking blogs is because they connect food with stories. So much of what we cook or bake can be traced back to a memory, a story,Continue reading “Food, love & a slice of cuatro leches cake”

When reading borrowed books, put down the chips and salsa

I love borrowing and lending books. But I have to admit: I don’t usually return books in the same condition I received them. Somehow, I manage to get water or food on the inside pages. Or I bend the cover. Or my cat, who loves to eat the corners of books, leaves her teeth marksContinue reading “When reading borrowed books, put down the chips and salsa”