About Me

I am a Texas journalist. That is to say both that I live and write in Austin, Texas, and that I'm a little geography-obsessed -- much like the state itself. I cover any topic, in Texas and beyond, but get most excited about those that have a sense of place. I might even say that describes every topic.

I am not a native Texan. Though I got here as fast as I could, my roots are in America's northeast and my heart lives in its West, with frequent forays to France. Until I moved away, I was a fourth-generation Washingtonian, and I still consider D.C. my ancestral home. I took my education in central Pennsylvania, then got to know Idaho when my parents moved to Boise in 2000.

My first job that didn't pay cash was at McDonald's when I was 15 years old. The best part of that job wasn't the made-to-order sandwich the cooks dubbed the "McBeth" (lettuce, tomato, and cheese on a sesame bun). My favorite part of the job was listening to the truck drivers as I took their orders. Their stories, on the surface, bore no resemblance to those I was used to hearing from professors and other professor kids in our small, college town. But in their stories, the truck drivers seemed so familiar.

The paychecks grew after that, through waitressing jobs to the editorial staff of National Geographic Magazine, where I cut my teeth as a journalist. As a freelancer today, the traditional paychecks are gone, but it's still all about the stories.

{I am not a Brazilian actress. If you're looking for the atriz who shares the same name, you might visit this site instead.}