(Last updated Sept. 9, 2020. Inspired by nownownow.)
Living in West St. Paul, Minn.
- I tell stories for nonprofits, ministries. and companies that care, creating copy, content, and big picture strategy with my company Monkey Outta Nowhere. (I’m a freelance writer/editor.)
- I’m also the editor and founder of West St. Paul Reader, a site that helps people know what’s going on in West St. Paul.
- One of my former roles was running Church Marketing Sucks, a blog that helped churches communicate better.
- I serve on the Library Advisory Committee for the Dakota County Library.
- I’m spearheading a local art project.
- I help with an informal, local advocacy group supporting the River-to-River Greenway Trail.
- Socialish: I blog on a quasi-regular basis and tweet almost daily.
- Interests: I read a lot (follow along on Goodreads). Recent loves:
- The Last Thing You Surrender by Leonard Pitts Jr.
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
- Married: To Abby, going on 20 years now. We still feel young, but we’re totally ‘that old married couple.’ She’s teaches kindergarten at Tesfa International School, a charter school in Columbia Heights.
- Kids: Milo (11 & 6th grade) and Lexi (14 & 9th grade). [Well, there’s a third from a disrupted adoption, but that’s a long story.] We like books and Star Wars and board games and stuff.
- Active: Trying to bike on a regular basis. Also love getting out to state parks. Does walking while playing Pokemon Go count? I’m going to count it.
- Personal writing: Been writing about West St. Paul a lot, including the sexism controversy in 2018 and then launching West St. Paul Reader. I also wrote Better Politics, Please.
- Hoping to return to the North Shore (all the time).
- I’m always open to talking about new projects and currently there is some bandwidth available.
- Working at home means I like to get out from time to time. I’m available for lunch meetings. If interests align, let’s connect.
- I don’t like public speaking, but people tell me I’m good at it. So I will at least consider opportunities.
- I’m also available for interviews, usually talking about church communication, books, writing, etc.