- images by Betsy King PhotographyNo01
In a nutshell, I’m visual, creative, organized, disciplined, genuine and spunky. What else do you need to know about me? I’d rather spend money on a plane ticket to see a friend than an expensive handbag. I love pop culture, giving gifts more than receiving them, and cups of hot peppermint tea. My foundation in life is my faith and my family. And my favorite nail polish color? Candy apple red.
Growing up, I was that kid who tried to take home a stack of books from the library as tall as she was. Who earned every star on her Book-It pin. Whose mother had to tell her “Turn out that light!” when it was past bedtime and I was still up, Laura Ingalls novel in hand. Today I’m passionate about contemporary literature, historical non-fiction, and reviewing books I’ve read. Some day when they lay me to rest, it’ll be with a book in hand.
Chances are good if I’ve read something, seen something or heard something I loved, I’m going to tell you about it. It’s how I’ve gotten 10 people I know hooked on Mad Men and Friday Night Lights. Cajoled two dozen more to read my favorite books like The Book Thief, The Art of Fielding and The Fault in Our Stars. And introduced bands like Bon Iver and The Head and the Heart to friends who’d yet to discover their talent. My motto? If there’s good culture out there, I aim to find it first. Then share it with all of you!
Over the years, I’ve shared my love of cooking with my readers and I’ll say it again: There’s just something about being in my kitchen, chopping up vegetables for a great meal, that calms me down. It’s my at-home version of therapy. I’ll make you my favorite recipe for dinner any day of the week if you volunteer to bring the dessert. Deal? Deal.
My mom used to tell me I was her “old soul”—relaxed, mature and comfortable in my own skin. Along those lines, as the youngest of four kids, I grew up as a toddler at a time when two of my oldest siblings were in high school. No wonder I’ve always acted older than my age! Nowadays, I still gravitate toward people beyond my years, like the women I knit with regularly. I adore them and the life lessons they’ve taught me. The biggest? Never let age get in the way of fostering a beautiful friendship.