I'm an Atlanta native with a BA/MA in English from Emory University. In New York I worked for several magazines, a literary agent, and a major book publisher—and as a ghostwriter, manuscript reader, freelance copyeditor, and proofreader. During a long stint in East Africa, I collaborated on projects with conservationists, peacemakers and other academics; along the way, I added ebooks, websites and other web content to my skill set. Coaching students on their college application essays, writers whose second language is English, or professionals who feel unprepared to blog and produce content for the web are other assignments I enjoy. 

Helping individual writers and organizations present their messages cleanly and elegantly is my aim and greatest satisfaction. As my client or employer, you'll benefit from my resourcefulness, efficiency, and experience with authors and projects from many cultures. Expect me to apply my determination and creativity to making your project the best it can be.

Project Report & Website

MetLife Foundation and BFA created the OPTIX project in 2014 to help four socially-driven microfinance institutions and cooperatives in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mexico, and Colombia to better understand their low-income customers and create appropriate future-proof solutions to serve them. OPTIX combined data analytics, market research, behavioral science, and a thorough understanding of low-income customers to help financial institutions develop more relevant, cost-effective financial products and tools to improve customers’ financial health. Each institution took different pathways to

Secrets of Success for Architects in China: Insights from the Men and Women Who Built Modern China by Gavin Crombie

The people who have built, and continue to build, modern China are an incredibly diverse group. Architects literally have come from all over the globe to contribute to China’s most dizzying design decade by creating brand-new skylines that have sprouted like concrete rainforests throughout the last ten years. These architects, both men and women, on the whole have successfully navigated the labyrinthine bureaucracy of China. They’ve dealt with deadlines that would seem unachievable anywhere else in the world and seen their practices grow at the same astonishing rate as the rest of China. As a result, most have enjoyed their experience in China and come out of this last decade with a startling sense of accomplishment.


For Kenyans, Obama means all of this too, but he’s also the quintessential symbol of generational change—something, along with effective leadership, that Kenyans have yearned for throughout the nearly two decades I’ve lived here. Perhaps more importantly, he’s a symbol of Africa rising—of what might be possible if Kenya really put its resources to work building, through education and investment in infrastructure, and then multiplying, through wise strategies and policy making. As another Kenyan editorial writer wryly remarked, perhaps the thing that Obama highlights most clearly of all is just how wasteful Kenya has been with its human resources in the half century (!) since Independence. (Photo courtesy Alexis Waters)

Understanding vaccines: HPV (Gardasil, Cervarix)

As parents, we face a number of new vaccine options. Because we didn’t grow up with these new vaccines or learn about them in school, they are not always well understood. And, since some of the new vaccines often are not part of national immunization schedules, a lot of parents wonder how necessary they are and if the extra expense is cost effective. Over the next weeks and months, we’ll be posting about some of these newer immunizations. We’ll start today by sharing some basic information.

About Malaria

Malaria is a serious illness. It is generally most dangerous for children and pregnant women. Mosquitoes are not the cause but the carrier (vector) of malaria. Certain mosquito species inject a tiny parasite into the human bloodstream when they bite. The malaria parasite attacks the liver and, in some cases, the nervous system and brain, particularly if the disease is not treated promptly. Muthaiga Pediatrics recommends a two-step approach to malaria prevention for all families living in or visiting areas of East Africa that are less than 2,500 feet above sea level.


The organic, nature-inspired forms of designer Daniel Issak represent an intense yearning to balance the values imbibed from his childhood in an artistic Spanish family and those derived from his fascination with science. His Spermatozoi collection, with its undulant forms tinged with mystery and mythology, is a splendid example of his special design alchemy. The pieces in this latest collection could be said to have drawn inspiration equally from under the sea, under a microscope and atop Mount Olympus—and are all the more fascinating for having been captured in glass.

5 tips for preventing swimmer's ear

Now that you know a lot more about swimmer’s ear and how to treat it, here are some tips that may prevent the condition from developing the next time your holiday plans or family routine include fun on the water. Earwax protects against foreign objects entering the ear canal and helps repel water. Its acidic pH also helps prevent the overgrowth of microorganisms. Removing the wax removes the moisture barrier, leaving exposed wet skin vulnerable to infection.

CityScapes NYC | Smart Products for Contract and Commercial Interiors

Amidst a skyline sparkling with the world’s smartest customers, we believe you also deserve contract interiors with a difference: Interiors that soar above the ordinary and make a statement. Interiors that save on two all-important commodities: time and money. Interiors that are as intelligent and technologically savvy as their inhabitants. Or even, sometimes, interiors that are, quite simply, beautiful. And green. CityScapes NYC, a manufacturers’ representative firm serving architects,

Elephants: A Battle for Survival by Lisa Lawley

The elephant's tusks, greatly coveted by humans, are by far longer and more elegant those of the few other animals that also have them. And the elephant's flexible, endlessly useful trunk, a lithe appendage that is nose and lip combined, has no equivalent feature in any other animal. Yet the stately elephant sports on its ample backside a skinny little flywhisk of a tail. Improbable as the elephant's parts are, the whole is a creature of consummate dignity, or of wicked hilarity, depending upon the individual elephant's mood and personality. In addition to its superb equipment for managing the physical environment, the elephant is keenly intelligent and emotionally complex in a way that resembles no other animal so much as man.

Riso: Undiscovered Rice Dishes of Northern Italy by Gioetta Vitale with Lisa Lawley

The earliest written reference to rice cultivation in Italy dates from the fifteenth century, but rice probably was introduced to Italy in the tenth century, most likely as a result of the Saracen invasion. These marauding Arabs brought to Sicily and the mainland some of their favorite foods, including citrus fruits, sugar cane, and almonds. The history of rice--the edible seeds of an annual grass--is considerably older than its first appearance in Italian cuisine, possibly even older than wheat.


Being a parent has its challenging moments. That’s particularly true when it comes to your child’s health: How do I know if my child is developing normally? Is my drinking water safe? What immunization schedule is ideal for my child? What should our family do to avoid malaria? My child has the sniffles and fever—again! Is something wrong? Is there any help for autism or ADHD here? How can I be sure my child will get the right care in an emergency? Many of these questions—and more—are sure to come up as you begin the adventure of raising a family. And if you’re a first-time parent or new in-country, finding the right health-care for your child can make all the difference to your peace of mind.