In November, I moved from the St. Louis area to The Berkshires in western Massachusetts to work for a weekly newspaper, The Berkshire Beacon.

I loved working for Patch (and continued to write for them until a week or two before I moved), but they went through some restructuring in late September/early October that caused me to have fewer assignments.

For The Beacon, I’m mainly writing education stories and copy editing, along with some arts/entertainment stories, ad sales and a few other things here and there.

My Massachusetts adventure has been interesting so far, including a quite eventful trip to Boston in February with my coworkers for the New England Newspaper and Press Association convention.

Needless to say, I’m enjoying getting to know the northeast better. (I hadn’t even traveled to the region before moving here.)

That said, I am not immune to homesickness. I miss my family, the bustle and hustle of St. Louis and the proximity to so many places I love.

Missouri will always be my home, but pursuing my career as a writer will continue to push me into new places and experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Not even a culinary expedition in St. Louis or a day on the Delmar Loop (and that’s saying a LOT).



August 26, 2011

Lately, I’ve been spending more time updating my LinkedIn profile and adding contacts on there. So, if you’re on LinkedIn, feel free to add me as a connection. Here is the link to my profile:

That’s How I Roll

April 16, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I have started a new blog that I hope will be an outlet for me to share my interests in film, food, music, television, fashion and other aspects of entertainment, culture and the arts. I’ve appropriately titled it “That’s How I Roll,” and you can check it out here:

Last week, I was lucky enough to be one of five local journalists to participate in a roundtable interview with Tippi Hedren (movie star and animal rights activist) and Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies/TCM weekend daytime host). They were in St. Louis for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (in which Hedren stars) as part of the TCM “Road to Hollywood Tour.”

I didn’t include everything from the interview in my article on Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch (, so I wanted to post a few brief snippets of the interview here for posterity’s sake.

Of course the conversation had a focus on Hedren, Hitchcock and “The Birds,” but the topics did stray a few times. In fact, we got into a conversation about the much-mocked song and video for “Friday” by Rebecca Black, which included Mankiewicz reciting the lyrics and describing the video to Hedren, who had understandably not heard of it.

We also got into a side topic on more current films; Mankiewicz seemed to have a pretty good handle on modern films (in my research I discovered that he’s a film critic as well), and even came to the defense of some of today’s films when one interviewer commented that “they don’t make movies like they used to.”

Aside from “The Birds,” Hedren also discussed “Marnie,” the other Hitchcock film in which she starred. I asked her if she could recall a particularly memorable moment with “Hitch” on set for either film. She went on to say that she was having trouble getting the motivation to get frustrated and upset with Sean Connery’s character during one pivotal scene. To get her into a state, Hitchcock said something incredibly “rude” to her (which she would not repeat). Needless to say, it worked.

Other than that, most of what we discussed with Hedren and Mankiewicz was repeated at the screening and/or used in my article.

Facebook Page

April 13, 2011

I created a Facebook page for myself today. Check it out and “Like” me here: My likes on there (to the left of the page) reflect both publications I’ve written for and sources I’ve used for my stories, which are not necessarily personal favorites. Update

March 24, 2011

Patch has changed the way you view writers’ articles, so the link to see my stories from my previous post on here no longer works.

To see my Ladue-Frontenac Patch stories, go here:

Florissant Patch:

Hazelwood Patch:

University City Patch:

(added April 13) Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch:


February 27, 2011

I caved and got a Twitter account (which I’ll only be using for my writing/career). Follow me here:

December 19, 2010

I have recently been hired as a freelance writer for four branches of the news website For Florissant Patch, I am doing a weekly “Veggie Viewpoint” restaurant review and other stories, mainly focusing on arts/entertainment and retail. For Ladue-Frontenac Patch, I am doing stories on fashion and education. For Hazelwood Patch, I am doing “Patch Movie Mania” stories and other general assignments. For University City Patch, I am doing entertainment stories. All of my articles can be seen here:

The Wheels Are Turning

September 22, 2010

The following is an excerpt from a story I just started writing. It’s about three friends who went to college together that find themselves living under the same roof about 15 years later. So far, I’ve been heavily employing flashbacks, and this is one of them. I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with the story as a whole yet, but the only thing I’ve stolen from my real life is the apartment number. None of the characters are entirely based on people I know. (Which is a departure from my first completed screenplay, for those who don’t know.)


Int. Apartment 208 – Angie’s Bedroom – Late Afternoon

College-age Joe walks in to find college-age Angie sitting in bed in the dark. She is frozen with a tear-stained face, and she clutches the bottle of wine from the family lunch.

Joe slips his shoes off and sits next to her in bed. He grabs the wine bottle from her, takes a swig and passes it back. She takes a swig then starts to cry again. He wraps one arm around her and grabs the bottle with the other so it doesn’t spill.

Joe: You know I love you no matter what, right, kid?

Angie: I know.

Joe: Why don’t you try to take a nap, okay?

Angie: Okay. Will you stay here though?

Joe: You bet. You want to know a secret?

Angie: Always.

Joe: Natalie told me she loves me.

Angie: Look at both of us in adult relationships!

Joe: I know, it’s scary. I’m glad that we’re both going along for the ride though.

Angie: Me too. You’re not so bad to grow up with. … Do you think that it’ll always be the four of us against the world?

Joe: I sure hope so.

As they shift into a laying position, Joe kisses the top of her head. He puts the bottle on the nightstand and spreads a blanket out over them.

Movies: My Passion

November 7, 2009

The following essay is the first thing I ever wrote about movies, back in the year 2002. It became a manifesto of sorts for the entertainment website I created, Cat’s Celeb News, first as a gURLpage back in eighth grade. In high school, I graduated to a Yahoo! GeoCities site. My senior year, I decided that I was going to focus on movies, so I stopped CCN and created MovieCat Cinema. In college, I upgraded to a full website ( before I stopped doing it completely.

Without further ado, here is a 15-year-old’s manifesto about her love for movies:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love for movies. Seeing people get to act like these extraordinary people and go to extraordinary places was something truly amazing for me. I had a passion for movies that hasn’t quit yet. I’ve always felt like I could relate in some way to every movie I see. When I was younger, I wanted to be Belle in Beauty and the Beast. More recently, I’ve felt like I actually was the character Josie in Never Been Kissed or Bridget in Bridget Jones’s Diary. From Beauty and the Beast to Bridget Jones, movies have had a deep impact on my life.
Movies portray the extraordinary and the ordinary. Most importantly, they portray humanity. Comedy movies extend those clutsy moments we know we all have or silly jokes we hear and can’t stop laughing at. Action movies give us heroes and some really ridiculous macho stuff. Drama movies extend pain, sadness, joy, love – all the emotions that make life real. Horror movies, well, they let us make sure we have someone special to cling onto when we’re scared. Sci-fi movies make us wonder if there really is intelligent life out there somewhere. Biopics show us real people, real lives to be inspired by and learn lessons from.
Moments that can last a lifetime are also created by movies. I will eternally remember Drew Barrymore’s speech at prom in Never Been Kissed. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor singing to each other in Moulin Rouge. George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez’s conversation/love scene in Out of Sight. Renee Zellweger’s one line to Tom Cruise at the end of Jerry Maguire. And too many more to count.
Movies also create icons: legends we all wish we could be or, at the very least, meet. Charlie Chaplin. Ingrid Bergman. Humphrey Bogart. James Stewart. Katharine Hepburn. Faye Dunaway. Jack Nicholson. Al Pacino. Susan Sarandon. Robert DeNiro. Michael Douglas. Julia Roberts. George Clooney. Renee Zellweger.
But the filmmakers and screenwriters that have visions and make them real – they’re the extraordinary ones. Cecil B. DeMille. George Cukor. Howard Hawks. Alfred Hitchcock. Stanley Kubrick. Martin Scorsese. Woody Allen. Francis Ford Coppola. Steven Spielberg. Steven Soderbergh. Cameron Crowe.
Then it’s what these extraordinary people come together to make: movies that stand out against the rest. Vertigo. A Clockwork Orange. Taxi Driver. Annie Hall. The Godfather. E.T. Out of Sight. Jerry Maguire.
Movies shape style, music, trends and lives. Movies are pop culture masterpieces that can draw tons of followers and publicity – both positive and negative.
I might be one of those people who always criticizes movies, but at the end of the day, I’m just sitting in the theater, waiting to be entertained.