Lee’s Summit Lifestyle is a product of the work of many passionate and dedicated freelance writers and photographers. We couldn’t do it without them. Meet a few of this month’s contributors.
As an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, I have traveled throughout the United States and across the world to China. There is, however, only one place that I have called home since the 4th grade, and that is here in Lee’s Summit. After attending Truman State University and graduating from Mizzou with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, I have worked as an English teacher and written curriculum for a local church. I’m a lover of all that is Lee’s Summit, ever fascinated by its ability to grow and develop yet maintain its hometown community feel.
With the exception of a few brief sojourns, Kansas City has been the place I’ve called home for some 20 years. Its people and places are among the finest I’ve encountered in all my travels. After graduating with a bachelor’s from the University of Missouri and a master’s of journalism from Northwestern University, I’ve worked on newspapers, magazines, books, websites, greeting cards and more. I now freelance fulltime while trying to balance the needs of a golf-obsessed husband, our daughter and twin boys, and a menagerie of animals. Some days are more successful than others.
A Kansas City native, I grew up in Prairie Village and currently reside in south Overland Park with my husband Ed and our three teenage boys. A graduate of Shawnee Mission East, I later attended Baker University for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. Although I lived briefly in Los Angeles and in Dallas, this is home and a great place to indulge my love of running with all of the available nature trails in Johnson County. I’ve been a professional writer since age 12 and have also authored a few books and am currently pursuing a motivational speaking career.
I have an adventurous, artistic spirit. People are like worlds we can never possibly discover everything about, but it’s fun to explore who they are and then, like a travel journalist, attempt with words to describe a glimpse of a piece of that world. To me, numbers are a foreign country but words are home. I enjoy the journey of finding the right words amidst the chaos of being a mom of two kids, attempting to run a household and enjoying a ski on Lake Lotawana when I can.
My grandmother used to say “If you find something you love to do, then you’ve found a sweet thing.” For me, writing is one of those ‘things.’ Writing about Lee’s Summit and the community where I live and have grown up is icing on the cookie. My husband and I have raised our two children, two dogs, a three-legged cat and a short-lived hamster here. We now have the joy of watching our grandchildren grow and thrive in this wonderful city. Between writing, you can catch me at big and little league games and enjoying Longview Lake.