Pieces: Essays, Articles, and Poems

Here are some samples of my writing. This list is representative but not inclusive; when I ghostwrite for others, for example, the copy is theirs, not mine. While I am able to adopt whatever tone and style writers prefer, these pieces mostly reflect my own voice.
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Plants and Plant Science

Becoming a Plant Sleuth for Plants of Concern,” My Chicago Botanic Garden

In Their Own Words: The People of Plants of Concern,” My Chicago Botanic Garden

No Day at the Beach: Summer Meant Research for REU Participants,” My Chicago Botanic Garden

Fernando Orozco, Urban Agriculture Professional,” Keep Growing, Winter 2014

Jacob Burns, Perennial Plant Curator,” Keep Growing, Fall 2013

Garden Walks: Summer Perimeter Walk,” Chicago Botanic Garden website

Irresistible Houseplants,” Chicago Botanic Garden website

Garden Newsletter Q&A: Stacy Stoldt, Ace Librarian

Paper Garden Bonsai, Quarto Publishing Group


Peter Horjus–Here’s to Blue,” Quiltfolk, Vol. 7

Uptown Needle and Craftworks–Miracle on Magazine Street,” Quiltfolk, Vol. 7

Not Your Mama’s Quilt Store,” Quilt Sampler, Fall–Winter 2019

Criticism and Reviews

Dreyer’s English: A Close, Joyful Look at Style,” Editorial Freelancers Association

Talking with Debut Novelist Kim Sherwood,” Jewish Book Council

Jumping Over Shadows,” Jewish Book Council

Madonna in a Fur Coat,” Jewish Book Council

New Essays on Call It Sleep,” Studies in American Jewish Literature

Women at Work,” Jerusalem Report 

Nabokov—A Response,” Nabokov Studies, Vol. 4


Outrigger Team Brings Hawaiian Sport to Midwest,” Daily North Shore

Let’s Take It Outside,” Lake

A Stitch in Time Makes a Dime,” Lake

Personal Essays

My So-Called Life: Why There Is Value in Mediocrity,” This I Believe, National Public Radio

This photo illustrates the NPR essay. 1979

“How Quilting is like Editing,” Tracking Changes—The Journal of the Society for Editors

The High-Strung Horse Who Taught Me to Calm Down,” Horse Network

Journey to the Fine Art of Fiber,” My Chicago Botanic Garden

Still (Horse) Crazy After All These Years,” Midwest Hunter and Sport Horse


Couch,” Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Awards

Perpetual Quilt,” East on Central, Vol. 3

Egg,” East on Central, Vol. 3

For Sale,” East on Central, Vol. 4

Stalking Frogs,” East on Central, Vol. 5

Hannah in the Red Sea,” East on Central, Vol. 7

Space Lemon,” East on Central, Vol. 9