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Focus on conspiracies, or find out for yourself: a day in the life of an election judge

August 14, 2023 - Join me as I check in with election judges working to keep democracy in action. Felony counts: 0.
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Paddle Up - I learn to kayak after growing up on a lake

July 17, 2023 - Gather round as I join a kayaking class and add a little narrative essay inspired by the ol' stomping grounds (lake)
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They paved a parking lot and put up a garden spot

July 10, 2023 - Brendan Sinclair and Liesel McCleary share about their life starting farms around the US, and what led them to an old st...
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Just toss a pie in my face: attending clown class and easing clown fears

June 26, 2023 - I do what I need for a story. Check out a profile of a clown couple and hear about my dip into clown class.
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It's not only eating green: non-veggie vendors at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks

June 05, 2023 - Check out mini-profiles of a digital artist, a couple running a creamery (and flash-freeze snacks), and a beekeeper
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Pet Portraits! What?!

May 09, 2023 - My latest for the Springfield Daily Citizen is a feature on painter Jane Troup! We talked about how her family's financi...
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What do I do with a half-bottle of glue? A feature on Arrow Reuse Creative

May 02, 2023 - You know all those art supplies you picked up with GREAT enthusiasm... then put in your closet? You can't just throw the...
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Andrea Ehrhardt works as an artist and helps others do the same

April 28, 2023 - Ever felt limited by the myth of the starving artist? I loved interviewing painter Andrea Ehrhardt, who helps people lea...
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Steven Spencer is off to document the Notre Dame Cathedral!

April 05, 2023 - Check out my latest piece for the Daily Citizen on Steven Spencer, who is photographing the reconstruction of the Notre...
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Feature: Louis Chaix rollerblades across the US

November 21, 2022 - I just wrote this piece on Louis Chaix, a French hockey player who rollerbladed across the U.S. to raise money and aware...
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Tapes are back as artists aim to sell physical copies of music

November 04, 2022 - I had the chance to sit down with Steve Stepp, owner of National Audio Company, and talk about his business as analog mu...
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Feature on Michael Spyres: hillbilly knight and opera superstar!

October 24, 2022 - Check out this piece on Michael Spyres, a self-proclaimed "hillbilly knight" from the Ozarks who is now an opera superst...
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Earthquake piece published!

June 05, 2020 - Years ago I dealt with an earthquake while backpacking solo across New Zealand. I wrote a version of the story that won...
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What's new? Minor League Ballplayers

April 05, 2020 - I am working on a series of interviews with minor league baseball players to find out how they have been affected by COV...
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Keep calm and __

March 13, 2020 - I saw a homeless man carrying his possessions in a camping backpack and peering at a 4-ounce bottle of aloe vera. His st...
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Coronavirus: canceling artist residency

March 12, 2020 - I was looking forward to being a short-term village artist at Holden Village (teaching photo and writing classes) starti...
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Life update

January 20, 2020 - I'm in the Ozarks for a bit this spring working on freelance projects (writing and photography) before returning to the...
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Back in the city!

December 02, 2019 - After 6 weeks in the North Cascades, I'm back for the holidays and a bit of winter here in the Ozarks! Feel free to loo...
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Sales update

October 06, 2019 - I am currently volunteering in the North Cascades! Because of limited wifi, I temporarily disabled my selling options. I...
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"Master Mary"

May 19, 2018 - This May I completed my Master’s in English, with an emphasis in creative non-fiction writing, from Missouri State Unive...
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I finished my thesis!

February 01, 2018 - I completed my thesis for my Master's degree! This is a collection of essays based on working seasonally in Alaska. I ke...
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Publication - Wired magazine

November 18, 2017 - Big news: I recently had a piece included in a Wired magazine article about sexual harassment in the workplace.
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Event Photography: Ozzie Awards

October 17, 2017 - I photographed the event, "Flights of Fancy featuring the Ozzie Awards," for the Springfield (MO) Regional Arts Council...
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First press pass!

June 15, 2017 - This spring and early summer I covered the Missouri State Bears on their journey to the NCAA Super Regionals in Ft. Wort...
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Photos featured in 417 Magazine

March 30, 2017 - I worked on several freelance projects for 417 Magazine last summer, including stops along the Ozark Trail and a handful...
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Publication: Oscar Taveras

July 28, 2016 - I wrote this column about Cardinal outfielder Oscar Taveras shortly after he died in an automobile accident. It was publ...
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Publication: Jerry Lumpe column

June 07, 2016 - One of my favorite people was Jerry Lumpe, a former major league baseball player and my third cousin. He used to play ba...
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