I was born in Delaware, and I am a product of the University of Delaware, a nice school near the Deer Park Tavern. After college I moved to Atlanta where I shoved my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree beneath a homeless man sleeping in Centennial Park. I volunteered at shopping center dog adoptions and watched a poor South African gentleman squirm as the two leashed shelter dogs in his hands made passionate love outside a Winn Dixie. I painted a naked character named Lyla Jane for many years. She was all about having a healthy body image, you could find her at places like the Candler Park Fall Festival and Donna Van Gogh’s Artist Market.
My husband and I moved to Savannah in 2001, and that same year I began working at an independent garden center. My garden column Thicket to Paradise was published in the Savannah Morning News, and in 2009 – after the birth of my son – that was replaced with my current column Rattled.
I am a journalist, wife, mother, photographer, gardener, landscape consultant and blossoming spirit medium. I think the best motivation is from the heart, and the best compass is the soul. When I follow mine, they generally lead me to good people, gardens full of bees, and my favorite pan filled with heated olive oil.