The Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a masterpiece of art deco. It's also the subject of an ongoing squabble between two factions. One claims that the church was the brainchild of art teacher Adah Robinson, the other that it could only be the work of her one-time student and later prominent architect, Bruce Goff. I didn't come up with the definitive answer in my story for PreservationNation, but I have my suspicions.
I found the Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve almost by accident. And then I learned about the remarkable woman behind it. Read my story from the Sierra website here.
I also wrote about preserving the preserve for PreservationNation.
I learned all sorts of things I didn't know about my chosen home on a tour of historic sites in North Dallas. Read about it here.
I've been teased for taking notes by hand instead of on my telephone, like the cool kids do, but it turns out there are all kinds of benefits to taking notes by hand instead of on a keyboard. I wrote about this for Success magazine.
People naturally throw up defenses in the face of distressing information. Getting past defense mechanisms to get them to change their behavior for the sake of the planet is difficult. I interviewed psychologist Renee Lertzman for Sierra magazine about how she thinks conservation organizations need to adjust their message. Read it here.
My last glorious trip was to the Amazon basin in Peru, and I wrote about it for The Dallas Morning News. Read all about it here.
Things You Want Customers Saying About Your Business,
for Success magazine.
How to Stand Up for Yourself, for Success magazine.
15 Negotiating Tips from People Who Always Get Their Way, for Success magazine.
For mental health, know when it's time to escalate your search for help and treatment, for The Dallas Morning News.
I was raped, but is it courageous of me to say so? for The Dallas Morning News.
Reading Jim Rendon's excellent book, Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth and then interviewing people myself to write my article in SUCCESS magazine, "3 Inspirational Stories of Post-Traumatic Growth" was both inspiring and sobering. Sobering to understand, in a deep way, that we are none of us immune to unimaginable tragedy and hardship, and inspiring to realize that you can experience horrific things and still come out the other side not only whole, but better than before. We are, all of us, stronger than we think. I think.
OK, the beer has nothing to do with the stories I published, I just like the photo. It's very Bavarian, don't you think?
I did publish two stories from the trip, however. Check 'em out.
A conversation with the Night Watchman of Rothenburg: I chatted with the guy who does the wildly popular Night Watchman walking tour in the medieval walled village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. He's kind of an accidental star--he applied for the job on practically a whim, and has become a main attraction.
Exploring Munich's painful history: Lest the previous story left you feeling unpleasantly cheery, for this story I visited the new Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism — which explains how the Nazis came to power in Munich. Grim and educational.