Writing Clips

With interests in so many areas, I’ve covered various topics—from health and celebrities to personal finance and relationships. Please take a peek at some of my writing.


“Have You Scheduled Surgery? Then You’d Better Start Training.” 
Better preparation can help patients awaiting elective surgeries. Here are steps to consider and discuss with your surgeon
The Washington Post

Sexuality in Conversation: “What Men Might Be Overlooking About the Female Sexual Experience”
Nearly three in four women will have pain during intercourse at some point in their lives. Learn how men can help when their partners have pain—and still have intimacy

A Star Is Born Shows How Damaging Tinnitus Can Be. Here’s How to Avoid It.”
If you’re around loud sounds, you could be at risk for noise-induced hearing damage and loss. These five tips could save your hearing
Men’s Health (also featured by MSN and Yahoo!)

“Will GoFundMe Become America’s Largest Private Insurer?”
Medical crowdfunding campaigns like those on GoFundMe.com are helping millions deal with health complications and bills. But what does this mean for our society?

“5 Signs You Need to Break Up With Your Doctor”
It may be time to let some health care providers go
Sisters from AARP

“Being Bad Can Be Good” (PDF)
Let go of your guilt—new research reveals the benefits of bothersome behavior
AARP The Magazine

“10 Overhyped Health Products”
These 10 over-the-counter products aren’t always worth your money—and some can cause health problems instead of treating them
USNews.com (also featured by The Huffington Post, Yahoo!, and MSN)

“What Role Do Drugs Play in Determining Longevity?”
Drugs can be lifesavers, but they also have side effects and dangers
USNews.com (also featured in the U.S. News & World Report e-book How to Live to 100)

“Go With the Glow” (PDF)
Color from a good diet looks better than a suntan
AARP The Magazine

“6 Surprising Behaviors That Age You”
Want to stay young? How your exercise habits, and even your cooking style, can hurt you
USNews.com (also featured by CBSNews.com)

“5 Mistakes That Put Your Mouth At Risk for Cavities”
Why you should reconsider bottled water, overzealous brushing, and these other harmful habits
USNews.com (also featured by Yahoo!)

“9 Footwear Do’s and Don’ts”
Your shoes may be stylish, but should you be wearing them?
USNews.com (also featured by the news section of Yahoo! Finance)

“Do You Really Have Allergies?”
Maybe, but you could actually have one of these annoying ailments

“6 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Self-Treat”
These issues could signal more serious problems, so call your doctor, stat!

“How Being Polite Can Hurt Your Health”
When it comes to your health, you can be too nice

“5 Healthy Habits to Copy from Your Dog”
Fido does more than drool and shed—your dog can actually be a good health role model
USNews.com (also featured by CBSNews.com)

“Preventing Suicide on College Campuses” (PDF)
Colleges are more prepared than ever to provide assistance to students who are at risk
SAMHSA News (gold award winner at the Magnum Opus Awards)


“A Vital Voice” (PDF)
Design icon Diane von Furstenberg lends support to Vital Voices global partnership, empowering women around the world.
Capitol File

8 OMG STFU moments as we say goodbye to Olivia Pope, B613 and the end of a ‘Scandal’ full era 
Some of the most legendary moments from the past seven seasons
The Grio

“A Scandal Star”
Bellamy Young plays the first lady on the wildly popular DC-based drama
Capitol File 

“Advocate for Immigrants” (PDF)
Salma Hayek Pinault receives honors from the Congressional Caucus Institute and reflects on diversity in DC and beyond
Capitol File

“A Capitol Chat” (PDF)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and political strategist Donna Brazile talk friendship and food
Capitol File

“Television Magic”  (PDF)
CBS This Morning coanchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell dish on their show’s two-year anniversary and their hometown connection
Capitol File


“Want to Quit Your Job? Ask a Financial Planner 4 Questions First”
The desire to quit your job may seem urgent, but it’s important to think ahead before you give notice
Business Insider

“6 Rules Any Investor Should Follow, from Beginners to Pros”
Investing can feel overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start. But even if you have some experience, you can always improve your strategy
Business Insider

“I Lowered My Bills by $7,000 Within Hours!”
Time is money! 6 ways to make a day off pay off.
Sisters from AARP


“Don’t Post a Photo of Yourself With Strangers’ Children on Your Tinder Profile”
The latest questionable dating-site photo that rivals posing with a tiger or a bathroom selfie? Those seemingly snapped abroad—with other people’s children
The Washington Post 

“Couples Corner: A Lupus Diagnosis Can Bring You Closer”
When attorney and novelist Chloe T. Barlow was diagnosed with lupus, it united her and  her husband—and changed their lives
Lupus Now magazine

“Meet the Real You” (PDF)
You think you know yourself—but your friends may know you even better
AARP The Magazine


“In a New Light” (PDF)
The future of cosmetic procedures is now, and it looks bright. The latest generation of treatments is helping DC men and women look and feel their best
Capitol File

“The Cellulite Fight” (PDF)
Does anything really work?
Philadelphia Style


“The Grandest Garden” (PDF)
Beyond its province as a beautiful retreat, the U.S. Botanic Garden is taking the lead in preservation efforts by cultivating rare, endangered, and heirloom plants
Capitol File

“The 15 Best Dance Clubs in DC” 
Find the best dance clubs in DC, from super luxe destinations to venues serving a more laid-back crowd

“Wedding Vendors: When to Say Yes—Or No”
You’re super excited about your big day even though your to-do list seems miles long. But how do you know if that DJ you’re eyeing will be a good fit? Or if you should hire that perky photographer?
Bridal Guide

“The Grape Outdoors” (PDF)
Award-winning vintages are pouring out of Virginia and Maryland. Capitol File goes behind the scenes to reveal what’s driving this delicious renaissance.
Capitol File 


“After Long Career, Chef Goes Back to School, Honoring Her Ancestors’ Legacy”
Georgetown undergraduate Mélisande Short-Colomb treads ground saved by her ancestors’ sacrifice
AARP The Magazine

“Lions, Tigers, and Caring”
Animal keeper Rebecca Stites cares for great cats at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and helps prepare new tiger cubs for their public debut Capitol File (PDF)

“She’s Got Rhythm” (PDF)
A wannabe drummer goes from shy to fly
AARP The Magazine

“The Business of Beauty” (PDF)
For a woman who loved fashion and beauty as a child, Juliana Hendershot has the perfect job

“A Business With Heart” (PDF)
As a ward of the New York City foster care system, Dr. Nathaniel Williams’ childhood was full of dreams—and little else. Now he touches the lives of thousands


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