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I believe in the power of story: to inspire, to inform, to edify, to beguile,
to dispute, to include, to catalyze, to heal. My work as a freelance journalist
is to encourage compassion, open-mindedness and an unrelenting fascination for
life through the prism of story-shaped communication.
Personal growth. Health and wellness. Mind-body fitness. Integrative
medicine. Green living. Science and religion. Creativity and consciousness.
Human potential. These are my journalistic focus areas, with a proclivity
towards reporting on the good works of New Thought pioneers, as well as everyday
people of extraordinary faith who help us envision a beautiful future.
As an internationally published journalist, I write for hire at a variety of
print and online magazines and news wire services. And I’m on the mastheads of
several publications as editor and contributing writer. Have the scoop on a bit
of provocative news on the above or any other subject matter?
Send me a lead and
I’ll scope it out.
A Taste of My Work
Movers and Shakers
'Burgh native Gretchen Berg has been building a career in TV in Los
Angeles, and now she has added executive producer of the hospital
drama “Mercy” to her résumé.
In case you’re wondering: No, the new hospital drama “Mercy”
(Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC) is not based on the exploits of UPMC
Mercy’s medical staff, but that doesn’t make its connection to
The Mane Man
NFL superstar Troy Polamalu reflects on faith, football and fatherhood.
On this sunny So-Cal day, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu graciously postpones his
morning workout to ruminate about not just football — but life, and what’s most
important in it…
Six Questions with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD
Often controversial MD continues his quest to revision medicine by integrating
modern science with ancient Native American healing.
Call him Coyote. Call him a shaman. Call him the sweat-lodge doc.
Call him anything but conventional…
Interview with David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD,
Pioneer in Consciousness Studies
Hawkin’s latest (and last) book offers clinically proven self-healing methods
that can result in complete recovery from any disease.
Talk about knowing one’s dharma: from the time he was a young lad, David Hawkins
has had a string of mystical experiences that compelled him to devote his life
to nothing less than the upliftment of mankind…
Holistic Networker (reprint)
Uncovering Our Possible Selves
A lyrical interview with world renowned mythologist Jean Houston, PhD.
If ever I doubted the power of believing in what psychologist,
scholar and human potential guru Jean Houston calls “a passion for
the possible,” she disavowed me at once of such doubt with a simple
request. “Run a scale for me,” she asks…
The Link Between Trauma and Kindness
An interview with best-selling author Joan Borysenko, PhD.
By her own facetious definition, Joan Borysenko is momentarily in the bardo
of her worst nightmare. Hundreds of conference attendees await her
scholarly wisdom on the language of the heart, and her PowerPoint
just went kaput…
Recreational Music Making Study Gives New Meaning to “Gene Expression”
Study on human genomes is music to the ears of anyone wishing to live with good
Can playing a musical instrument in any context — novice to virtuoso, rattle to
Stradavarius—change our DNA?…
Lady” Ladles Out Love
A steaming bowl of nutritious, delicious soup on a crisp autumn
day is the ultimate in comfort food—especially when that soup is
homemade with love…
Beaver County Senior News
The Vertical Game of Football
An up-close and personal interview with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu
on his inner spiritual life.
It starts with heat: nearly a hundred degrees
on the practice field at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe. The
sun blares. Sweat rolls as the Black and Gold swelters through another
workout in week one of training camp. Mercifully, the bull horn
Point of Light
Stand By Me (book review)
A holistic handbook for animals, their people and the lives they share together.
With Americans spending a record $29.5 billion on their pets last
year, it appears that our priorities have gone to the dogs—and cats.
But I beg to differ…
Care Managers are Good Safety Net
As a film and stage actor who worked with legends like Ava
Gardner and Gene Kelly, Benjamin Tatar was accustomed to traveling
around the world independently…
Pittsburgh Senior News
My love of dance has led me to write about it. In fact, I can’t seem to stop
intermingling these two passions. Some day, I will dance about writing (and post
the video here).
Dance Alloy: Forging Contemporary Dance and Theatre
Beth Corning, Dance Alloy’s Artistic Director, shares her vision of building a
modern repertory touring company that showcases great choreographers.
didn’t come to hear the Dance Alloy’s new artistic director wax
rhapsodic about the ethereal nature of dance. (I’ll leave that to
the dance critics.) My quest was for a vividly sketched reality
check about the rigors of working as a professional dancer,
especially in a pop culture prone to TV, videogames and computer
Point of Light Magazine
Hindu Goddess in Human Form
Dancer/choreographer Sreyashi Dey embodies the wisdom and tradition behind
Odissi, a classical Indian dance style originally performed in second century BC
as a sacred ritual.
If the elegant goddesses depicted in the great,
ancient temples of India could break free of their stone internment
and leap into being, what form would their human expressions take?…
Life as Dance: How Our Passions Help Us Stay on pointe
An essay about choreographing a live of personal relevance.
Up the marble staircase I skipped to the third floor of the Jenkins Arcade,
straight into Jean Ralph’s Theatrical Shoppe. I was 11 and on the verge of an
event that any young dancer anticipates with fervor: being fitted for my first
pair of pointe shoes…
Point of Light Magazine
Simply because I find life a-musing, I enjoy humor writing and ruminating on
the incredible lightness of being human.
Mom worries about long-term effects of well-intentioned lie.
This could be the year I finally confess to my children that I've
been the co-conspirator of an elaborate, well-intentioned scheme to
deceive them since birth. I fear being found out because it means
the end of Christmas innocence for my daughter, 11, and son, 9. But
I must come clean and tell them: There is no Santa Claus…
A Mind to Mow
One regular grass cutter finds time on the tractor steers her to creative
To heck with psychotherapists, self-help books and spa
vacations. Who has time? I’ve found a low-cost, non-fat way to get
in touch with my soul while checking a chore off my “to do” list.
Meet my lawn tractor…
Pruning Guide for Writers
Editing one’s own writing can be challenging. Learn how this writer was able to
see the forest through the trees of editing her manuscript.
Tim arrives at
my front door, chain saw in tow, just as the sun ascends the ancient
black walnut tree in the backyard…
A brief musing on the joy of working with words.
I can do this, I can lay down power with my pen like the jet
stream rolls a windstorm across the Great Plains…