To help pay the bills, at a time when I could barely put a proper sentence together,
I started my writing career as a contributing editor for Midwest Silent Sports.
For ten years I cranked out a column on the joy of camping until I ran out of things
I followed my passion for food with three books on Milwaukee’s dining scene: Milwaukee Eats, Milwaukee’s Best Cheap Eats, and The Food Lover’s Guide to Milwaukee. I also wrote the Upscale Outdoor Cookbook to share my recipes for campers and short-order cooks. Because I like to explore Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, I wrote two guide books, Milwaukee Walks and Milwaukee
Walks Again and founded the former Milwaukee Walking and Eating Society,
now Venturing Out, a group dedicated to exploring neighborhoods and ethnic restaurants.
I’ve written about food and restaurants for M Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Currently I review restaurants for Urban Milwaukee.com, Riverwest Currents, and read my essays on “Lake Effect” at WUWM, Milwaukee’s NPR station.
Along the way I started Venture West, my very own adventure travel business. That was my best job. I got to satisfy my craving for wilderness, travel with interesting people in beautiful places....and I got to call it work!
In Life on the Loose, My Journey from Suburban Housewife to Outdoor Guide, I write about the joys and travails I experienced as an outdoor travel guide. There were many potholes on my road less traveled. I held nothing back. They are all in the book.