About/Writing Samples

I’ve worked as a professional journalist since I graduated from the honors program at American University in 2006. Since 2011, I’ve worked as a professional editor. That means I’m the rare person who has both writing and editing skills.

In addition to working as a journalist, I also ghostwrite blogs for therapists and other busy professionals. (If you’d like to know how ghostwriting works, read my blog about it.)

Ghostwriting sample:

You can read an example from Kat Nadel, BayNVC Collaborative Trainer, here:
3 things motherhood has taught me about NVC.

freelance writer Oakland CA

Content writing samples:

I also write blogs as myself for businesses such as chiropractors. I love to tell stories about how someone’s life has changed as a result of their services. Read an example of what I mean.

Some fun content writing samples in the technology space can be found on the Web Symphonies blog: www.websymphonies.com/blog 

Journalism writing samples:

A few places you’ll see my byline: AuntMinnie.comThe Potrero View, Tiny Buddha, Elephant Journal, and more.

Some of my favorite journalism pieces are the following:

California, the land of drought, fire… and flood?
California is known to be one of the most liveable climates on earth. Year-round moderate temperatures is what attracts people to California from places like New England, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Washington, D.C. But as climate change impacts become more severe, and more quickly than expected, California residents are on the front line of extreme weather, facing drought, fire, and now floods. (Read more)

Housing Units for those Without Permanent Homes Sit Empty
In July 2020 Mayor London Breed announced a goal of getting 6,000 people off the streets within two years as part of her Homelessness Recovery Plan. With roughly six months left on the Mayor’s self-determined objective, just 2,662 housing placements, 44 percent, have been made, though the number may be higher because it doesn’t account for those housed during the last quarter of 2021. (Read more)

Will AI help radiologists survive the data deluge?
While some radiologists may still be concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) will replace them, the reality is that AI will help radiologists keep pace with imaging workflow demands — especially as the volume of medical imaging exams grows. (Read more)

Chef Heena Patel embodies “besharam” with restaurant relaunch
Opening her own brick and mortar restaurant wasn’t something Chef Heena Patel was looking to do at nearly 54 years old. Yet earlier this summer that’s precisely what she did, with the relaunch of Besharam, an Urdu word that means “shameless,” at the Minnesota Street Project. (Read more)

Relive the city’s greatest hits at Mission Bay mini-golf course
Last summer, Stagecoach Greens, on Fourth Street, joined Urban Putt, which opened on South Van Ness Avenue in 2014, in offering San Franciscans a miniature golf experience created by San Franciscans. (Read more)

Norwegians seek to add clarity to breast screening dispute
An invitation to participate in breast cancer screening reduces cancer death risk by 28%, according to a new study by researchers from Norway and published in BMJ. Mammography screening experts have called the study “thorough,” “accurate,” and “refreshingly free” of hysteria; an accompanying editorial, however, is not, they said. (Read more)

Curiosity drives artist Wanxin Zhang
Wanxin Zhang considers his art to be a question, not an answer. That quiet curiosity is evident not only in his sculptures, but his demeanor.  Zhang’s personality and artist sensibility can likely be attributed to his formative years in China, which coincided with the Cultural Revolution. (Read more)

Why our existence matters: How to beat the existential blues
Sometimes I get in a nihilistic mood and think it doesn’t really matter that I’m alive. Sure, the people in my life would be sad if I was gone, but does my existence itself really mean anything? In the grand scheme of things, I’m a speck, a peon, a flash in the pan of existence. Furthermore, I think of myself as expendable and exchangeable in the sense that if I wasn’t here, someone else would accomplish what is required of me; that the universe would work through someone else. (Read more)

Do you want to know more about me? Or read more writing samples? Feel free to ask!