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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: Jake Wesley Rogers comes home

December 15, 2022 - I loooved chatting with Jake Wesley Rogers, an absolute gem and a charismatic and sensitive musician. You can read allll...
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Winter update

November 28, 2022 - Hey, y'all! So many updates! I started a business called Chiles Creative LLC this summer. I write and take photos under...
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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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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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