At the end of a long recovery road, a victory dance

At the end of a long recovery road, a victory dance

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Personal | No Comments

I’d lived in Bradenton for about a month. And I was itching to dance. Freshly transplanted to the Gulf Coast by my job, Florida and I fell in love with each other; enter the honeymoon period. Right as I realized how much I loved my new home, I also realized I needed something more. An […]

Who loved Mother’s Day brunch? Googlers in Montana

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in data | No Comments

Who doesn’t love brunch, and especially brunch with mom? Helena, Montana definitely does, according to search data kept by Google. And Missoula’s got the no. 3 spot out of 191 cities. Great Falls, Montana landed at #10. Montana folks know how to find brunch the way that I would: ask Google. Other interesting nuggets: Florida doesn’t […]

Using data to fact-check politicians

Using data to fact-check politicians

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in data, journalism | No Comments

Using data to fact-check politicians isn’t new. But as a reporter, it never gets old. At the March 16 round table in Sarasota with Gov. Rick Scott and area business leaders, he said something that set off my BS alarm. Economic development is happening “all across the state. It’s not just in one part of the […]

The difference between alone and lonely

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in dating, journalism | No Comments

Tonight I stumbled on a Washington Post post about the value of solitude: “My own interest is in people who are single at heart — those who live their best, most authentic and most meaningful lives by living single. My preliminary findings suggest that people who are single at heart don’t worry about being lonely; […]

2017

2017

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in journalism | No Comments

While I am epically sad that I’m not in Miami getting blitzed for Justin Bieber’s Fontainebleau show (it’s pronounced fontaine-BLERGH, by the way) I am ecstatic for 2017 if only because I have Justin Bieber tickets. And a whole 8 months to look forward to the show. New Year’s is always a reflective time of […]

That time I locked myself out on Thanksgiving

That time I locked myself out on Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in journalism | No Comments

This is just a story that I need recorded. On Thanksgiving morning, I ducked into the garage for a quick second to dump trash. When I turned around to return to freshly poured iced coffee and make a bowl of oatmeal, I was staring at a locked door. Panic, the type that makes your face […]

Rainbow heirloom tomato salad

Rainbow heirloom tomato salad

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Food, GCF, Salad | No Comments

Friendsgiving was a chance to take a break from moving (I just finished tonight and am actually laying with my feet propped up right now, writing this on my phone) and show off the rainbow heirlooms I picked up at Geraldson Community Farm. Rainbow heirloom tomato salad: Bag of mixed greens Tomatoes Parmesan, asiago cheeses […]

There’s a database dedicated to helping you find farmer’s markets

There’s a database dedicated to helping you find farmer’s markets

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in data, Food, GCF | No Comments

I’ve never been so happy to find a database. The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains a searchable directory for farmer’s markets across the U.S. Access the directory here. The directory includes all markets with two or more farm vendors. It has the market’s name, city, state and a link to the website. It also includes […]

My favorite statistics explanation (and it involves food)

My favorite statistics explanation (and it involves food)

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Food, journalism | No Comments

On statistical sampling: “7. How can you possibly tell what millions of people think by asking just 1,000 or 2,000 respondents? In much the same way that a chef can judge a large vat of soup by tasting just one spoonful. Providing that the soup has been well stirred, so that the spoonful is properly […]

I mined my own Twitter data and here’s what I found

I mined my own Twitter data and here’s what I found

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in data | No Comments

Twitter’s always been my favorite social networking tool. Some people don’t “get” Twitter. I’ll be blunt: I like Twitter because there’s nearly no room for minced words. Say what you need to say in 140 characters or get out. And the mere existence of Twitter allows for stuff like #boycottBradenton to happen. In March, I went to […]