Features reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Story-teller. Food-lover. Show-choir parent.

Ostrich eggs to incubate benefit exhibit for Ohio Art League

dispatch.com — One man's walks past a brightly lit New York apartment have - more than 20 years later - inspired an offbeat art exhibit. Forty-eight ostrich eggshells transformed by Ohio artists will encompass "Art 360°," a name that reflects the imagery traveling the circumference of each egg.
Aug 02, 2015

You have an ostrich egg. Now transform it into a work of art. Check out what these Ohio artists did with theirs: bit.ly/1N23ZD9

Owners reveal boundless affection for their high-mileage vehicles

dispatch.com — The average age of the typical car on the American road is at an all-time high - 11.5 years, according to a new IHS Automotive survey. And yet, Americans are buying more than 17 million vehicles a year, according to USA Today, a high not seen since before the Great Recession.
Jul 31, 2015

I thought hitting 205,000 miles in an old Honda was a big deal. I'm a piker compared to these folks... fb.me/3hRR9bufu

Jul 31, 2015

Mike Schreiber's pickup has more than 942,000 miles on it. Beat that. My story: bit.ly/1MC3Fha

Jul 31, 2015

These people drive vehicles w/ 200,000+ miles b/c they WANT TO. Bless them! My dying hooptie is NOT a point of pride dispatch.com/content/storie…

At Ohio State Fair, wackier contests appeal to hard-boiled competitors

Jul 30, 2015

Wacky beards, egg-eating, Brillo-pad sculptures...the Ohio State Fair has some seriously strange contests. My story: bit.ly/1I4oNZz

Mermaid gives joy to curious children

dispatch.com — T  he children swarmed the mermaid in the shallow water, poking her scales and touching her silver-and-orange tail. Their faces reflecting amazement, they fired questions at Katelyn Quaranta-Renz: Are you real? How do you breathe underwater? Do you know Ariel?
Jul 27, 2015

Not so little mermaid from Upper Arlington gives joy to curious children... fb.me/4B41DURQr

Jul 27, 2015

Yes, we have a mermaid living in Columbus. Her name is Katelyn. Is she real? Ask her. My story: bit.ly/1KuiSk1

Jul 28, 2015

ICYMI yesterday, I spent a recent Saturday interviewing a mermaid. Then watch her swim on the video. bit.ly/1KuiSk1

With its signature location, East Side winery defies expectations

dispatch.com — The road to Kelly Harvey's winery doesn't pass quiet vineyards and pastoral meadows. Instead, visitors must wind their way through what looks like a storage-unit facility wedged between a working-class neighborhood and a commercial strip on the East Side. The plain white sign on the front of the concrete-block warehouse simply says "Signature."
Jul 09, 2015

OK, this one is my own work. One of Ohio's few female-owned wineries is tucked into an odd urban location: bit.ly/1SaY000

Storyteller uses talent to encourage youngsters to read

dispatch.com — When children began leaning forward in their chairs, eyes wide, Lyn Ford knew she had succeeded.? On a recent weekday, she was telling stories to youngsters at the Dowd Education Center in the Franklinton area.? Yet hers was no ordinary story time: Ford is a professional.
Jul 06, 2015

Being "Afri-lachian" gives Lyn Ford a rich background of folk tales to tell. My feature: bit.ly/1H3QGhH

Family's trip down Grand Canyon a labor of love for father

dispatch.com — Four thousand feet deep into the Grand Canyon, as 11 members of the Headings family fought exhaustion, the 12th member - the only one among them unable to walk - propelled the others forward. "Our ankles are jelly; our knees are jelly; soreness and fatigue are setting in," recalled Rick Headings, 42.
Jun 21, 2015

Tough to top this on Father's Day -- a paralyzed man being carried down and back up the Grand Canyon: bit.ly/1JcgtK6

Jun 22, 2015

ICYMI, my story on a family that carried their paralyzed Dad/Grandpa to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up: bit.ly/1JcgtK6

Why I support animal research and the UW lab

seattletimes.com — It's a stereotype to suggest that researchers are callous, noncaring and sociopathic. IN light of the recent animal-rights protests, it's time that we engage in a discussion about the reality of animal research. I want to cut to the chase: Most people do not feel comfortable about the use of animals in research.
Jun 09, 2015

RT @seattletimes: Commenters fired up on guest opinion piece titled "Why i support animal research and the UW lab": buff.ly/1FGOko5

Jun 09, 2015

Voice that's been missing from debate RT @SeaTimesOpinion: Guest: Why I support animal research and UW lab seattletimes.com/2015/06/why-i-…

A healer's calling

dispatch.com — The doctor's words pierced Mallory Fraser's drug-induced haze. Her son, Brynn, born desperately sick 12 hours earlier, was fading. "They told us we needed to go down (to intensive care), that it was our time to snuggle and they wanted me to hold the child," she said.

Guide to Life: How to write an effective resume

dispatch.com — To produce an effective resume, experts say, think more like a real-estate agent and less like a novelist. With hiring managers sorting through hundreds or thousands of resumes per position, the key is to use the top of the page (location, location, location) not to simply list your experience but also to quickly and succinctly sell yourself.
Jun 05, 2015

Looking for a new job? Check out our latest Guide to Life about what employers are looking for in a resume. dispatch.com/content/storie…

Jun 05, 2015

Odd timing: Paper gets sold Wednesday, my story on how to write an effective resume comes out Friday. bit.ly/1QxpzzL

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Aug 04, 2015

A Day in the Life: Go from chatting with a cherubic 10-yr-old in the a.m. to a sobbing widow in the p.m. #journalism #lovemyjob

Aug 03, 2015

@hollyzachariah with a story that, if it doesn't bring tears to your eyes, you're not human. twitter.com/amiller78/stat…

Aug 03, 2015

@Fish5983 Yes, thank you. We are running a correction.

Aug 02, 2015

You have an ostrich egg. Now transform it into a work of art. Check out what these Ohio artists did with theirs: bit.ly/1N23ZD9

Jul 31, 2015

Mike Schreiber's pickup has more than 942,000 miles on it. Beat that. My story: bit.ly/1MC3Fha

Jul 30, 2015

BTW, penultimate is one of the most glorious and useless words ever.

Jul 30, 2015

Wacky beards, egg-eating, Brillo-pad sculptures...the Ohio State Fair has some seriously strange contests. My story: bit.ly/1I4oNZz

Jul 29, 2015

RT @ToddSharrock: Would love to hear more today about Eric Berry's return from Hodgkins Lymphoma than Tom Brady's suspension. #probablynothappening #greatnews

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