I am one of those people who has a wide range of interests and tends to jump head first into whatever I'm doing at the time. That keeps life interesting but it can appear to others like I'm a little scattered.
But with time and perspective, it's clear that all my interests converge around one central idea--creativity: whether that be through writing, cooking, making art, traveling, or engaging with music and film.
I currently write books and articles and teach, both history, at the collegiate level, and cooking classes. I am also available to cater events and serve as a personal chef. I do themed pop-up dinners on our farm, in addition to doing them as part of other events, and consult those interested in mindful eating and food as medicine.
I attended Texas A&M University, earning a B.A. in U.S. History and English. I then completed a M.A. at Baylor University in American Studies and a Ph.D. at the University of North Texas in U.S. History. I next pursued my interest in food, health, and mindfulness by becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York (2012,) and a Certified Chef through Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ireland, in 2017.
In addition to writing and cooking, I engage in political activism. I wrote this book about sustaining activism as a means of combining my interests in wellness and activism.