I wasn’t a writer from day one. In fact, I had little enthusiasm for the language arts in my grade school days. Because my handwriting was so hard to read, I recited my philosophy papers aloud to my teacher after class. By the time I got to college, I decided that I was headed for a career in sociology or psychology. But the liberal arts works in mysterious ways. With the help of a few English literature classes and creative writing 101, the writer in me surfaced – somewhere in between sophomore and junior year of college – and I decided that this was it. Writing was my passion.

In the spring of 2012 I finished my MFA program in Creative Writing at the New School. Woo Hoo! But, after six years of living and working in New York City, I’ve decided to head South for a career change. I’m back in my hometown of Newark, Delaware, where I’ve spent the past several months focusing on my personal writing goals. I find myself drawn towards writing about travel (having been to places like Bali, Istanbul, Interlaken and Monte-Carlo), although I know that I have much much more to see. New York was the subject of my MFA thesis.  Health and wellness is also familiar territory, having spent my NYC years working for one of the world’s largest spa and wellness media companies.

My personal blog focuses on general observations; situations/happenings/scenes which might otherwise go unnoticed.  I started it in 2007 (as “That Next Place”) and it has evolved into a chronicle of my experiences in the wonderful, strange city that is New York.  I’ve tried to pair each post to a “Word of the Day” (thanks to Merriam-Webster) and look forward to sharing more words as I move from one chapter of life to another.