Writing home: a new editor on the block | Columns
Scrolling my phone one evening, daydreaming about my next summer off, my alerts informed me of a message from a friend. The opinion she shared was about opening a position at the West Side Journal. Rad! I applied immediately. I knew a better part-time job than carpooling would come up, but I hadn’t thought of such a good match.
I am in love with the written word. Writing expresses our deepest thoughts, connects people around the world or right around the corner, and opens up possibilities for us. Being part of a publication right here in Port Allen is a perfect way to practice my passion.
The Journal warmly welcomed me to its team last week. In addition to writing, I work as a college English teacher in East Baton Rouge. The idea of regularly reporting while setting an example for my students thrills me. Writing is so important!
Since 2010, I have been funding other income with freelance writing as an environmental news reviewer, book reviewer, contributor for a California newspaper, website editor, and social media post creator for customers. Although I have done a lot of practical writing, it is a dream to someday finish a fictional book. Reading comes with teaching territory and it is a favorite pastime to escape stress.
Speaking of escape, traveling is another of my favorite things to do. I left the country for the first time at the age of 30, traveling alone in Peru and learning as much Spanish as possible to communicate with the residents. Pre-pandemic plans have taken me to Morocco and the streets are filled with post-Ramadan celebrations. I have visited Ireland and Hungary and aim to see a lot more.
I am a curious creature and I feel more whole when I have new experiences; learn things that were not familiar before. I have lived in Louisiana for less than 5 years, but I enjoy our peaceful community bordered by the Mississippi. I am intrigued by the rich history of this region.
Now, I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, but I never liked winter too much. I left in my twenties for the west coast and finally sailed south. For the past three years, I have made my home in the Oaks neighborhood of Port Allen.
You may have seen my dog and I walking the sea wall in the wee hours of the morning or trotting the streets of our city trying to cut my mileage time. I’ll take my natural curiosity to town and report back to you. I am honored to cover the most important news and events for our community. If you have a great story to share or just want to say hello to me, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] I would love to hear from you!