2016: The year in houseguests, opera, bikes, pop-up dinners, and grassroots change
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2016: The Year in Freelancing

In 2016, I wrote about opera in warehouses, social science in architecture, generous neighbors around the country, sustainable wood supply chains, cultural exchange between the US and Asia, and grassroots leaders getting it done. (Yes, I also wrote a little about the presidential election—who could help it? I've even seen angry tweets from dogs and babies!)

Happily, it all made for an embarrassment of riches too great for an exhaustive list, so I've taken a shot at summarizing some of 2016's greatest hits below. I hope you'll enjoy perusing them at your leisure!

When I can't travel physically, I like to travel vicariously. This year, I had the pleasure of interviewing awesome Airbnb hosts all around the country—like Baba Ken here, in New Orleans—for a story series on the homesharing leader's website. (Hans and Oliver, you were two of my other faves.)
Wood at Work 2016 conference

Imagine a solar-powered 3D printer that harvests CO2 to produce a resilient and renewable building material, leaving pure oxygen in its wake. Well, that technology is already here, folks, and it's called TREES.

For the second year, the Wood at Work conference explored the connections between global forest conservation, climate change, and wood as a construction material. I delighted in contributing writing to the event's website and reportage.

Speaking of the built environment, I was also stoked to write about the crucially helpful role social science research can play in good design for the New York Center for Architecture's News blog.

Fomenting positive change in your neighborhood might not be easy, but it's definitely possible—especially when a whole crew of grassroots heroes has your back. That's the premise behind ioby's Recipes for Change series, for which I interviewed eight impressive local movers and shakers.
Dorie Hagler and April Greene
Photographer Dorie Hagler featured me on her "one woman, one question" blog me&EVE. Creativity expert Ken Kinard featured me in a pair of his WorkWise podcasts. And People for Bikes featured me in their #bikescansolvethat story collection. Woot!
Bushwick remains one of the hottest 'hoods in the world. But that doesn't mean they won't let this stodgy old crone (of age 30+) write about some of their doings! I covered modern dance, public murals, new music, beguiling performance art, and guys in pink nun habits for Bushwick Daily.

I was lucky to continue working with some great clients doing great work—like the Asian Cultural Council, whose most recent annual report I edited; Sarah Lawrence College, whose award-winning eponymous magazine I've contributed to since fall '14 and recently become Assistant Editor for; and the law firm Daniel Aharoni & Partners, for whom I help research and write application materials for international artists seeking US visas.
I owe a big debt of inspiration to some of my most boss pals who accomplished huge things this year. My oldest friend (from second grade!) published a red-hot romance that also happens to center around Ragnarök, the epic battle that ends all the worlds in Norse mythology; a cool former coworker created a two-day conference all about design and social good; and my Brooklyn jewelry designer pal penned a high-octane sci-fi tome about a rag-tag cohort of survivors struggling to make their way in a post-Earth universe (which I had the pleasure of copy editing). Brava, ladies!!
Wedding at Basilica Hudson
Last but certainly not least, I got murried!!, which was a thoroughly fantastic experience AND made for some nice blog fodder. I also blogged about some other wonderful things—like Duke Riley's Fly by Night, the Montauk Century bike ride, and our trip to Russia—along with some utterly un-wonderful things, like November's presidential election

p.s. If you're looking for a low-key yet impactful way to speak up for causes you care about in 2017, consider joining this letter-writing campaign!
If you or someone you know could use a hand with an editorial task of almost any stripe, please feel most welcome to give me an e-ring and we'll see if I can help! (And naturally, do let me know how I can return the favor.)

🎉  💖 🤘  See you in 2017! 🤘 💖 🎉 
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