Tag Archives: 2010

Am I Dying?

Sometimes you’re screwed. And sometime it just feels that way. Learn which symptoms should scare you–and how to treat them–with this diagnostic chart. See larger version

Cramps and coughing? Rashy and short of breath? Follow this flow chart to diagnose yourself from 12 common backcountry illnesses and learn whether to evacuate immediately, or simply stop complaining. In this Aug. 2010 piece for BACKPACKER,  I interviewed experts and crunched Center for Disease Control data to find out which diseases and care about and how to tell them apart on the fly.


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The Oldest Professional

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As the Northeast Neighborhood residents try to solve their prostitution problem, here’s one woman’s cautionary tale. Read full story

This story ran in Kansas City’s Pitch, a Village Voice Media-owned alt weekly, in Sept., 2009. I spent two months befriending and hearing the battle tales of one of the city’s most unrepentant prostitutes. Impossibly heartbreaking highlight: Seeing Darlene’s tough exterior shatter as she recounted being beaten, tied to a tree, and set on fire over an embankment on one of the city’s loneliest roads. This story won an honorable mention for profile writing from the Kansas City Press Club’s Heart of America Awards in 2010. The story caused a bit of a dust-up. Click here for the online version.

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The Cheetah at Twilight

What do you do with the world’s fastest mammal when it is too old to run? Or with an ancient fox that walks in circles? If you are a zoo veterinarian, you have some difficult decisions to make. Read full story

This story ran in Tufts Magazine Winter ’09. It later received a bronze Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in its 2010 judging of The Best Articles of the Year: Higher Education. Comment from judges: “A finely crafted story on an important topic that receives little attention in other media.”

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