With each move, I was intent on turning the new digs into a home. And whether it was potted plants on a porch or a big yard, I always hankered to get my hands in the dirt.
I started gardening so long ago I can’t even remember how young I was. I inherited my passion for gardening from my father. Shortly after I started this blog, in the Spring of 2010, I wrote about gardening with Dad. (Read it here: http://blogs.courant.com/connecticut-homes-gardening/2010/05/watering-can-from-pottery-barn.html )
I’m married, with two cats in the yard (when they aren’t scratching the furniture). I grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a major in French — a good way to spend a year of college in Paris.
The places I’ve called home since then have zigzagged across the country: New York, New Orleans, Northern California, New York again, New Orleans again, Southern California, Connecticut.
I’ve had plenty of home improvement adventures — and mishaps. My garden is a continuing challenge: I cope with a slope, which can be harder than it sounds. I’ve planted numerous trees and had a few spectacular successes. I think I’ve made every mistake and encountered every imaginable pest.
Workwise, I’ve taken a few twists and turns. In no particular order: I helped establish a professional theatre, hosted a radio program about opera, wrote for a public TV show about displaced homemakers, worked in PR, co-founded a fashion news service, headlined a jazz group, taught flute lessons and wrote book jacket copy for Oxford University Press.
I’ve worked at five daily newspapers — though two no longer exist, and one no longer publishes seven days a week. (Not my fault!) At three I wrote editorials and edited opinion pages. Earlier as a reporter I covered fashion, consumer affairs, courts, education, business and agriculture — an eclectic mix of beats.
I’ve been an editor at The Courant since 1995, overseeing coverage of home and garden, food, real estate, courts, gambling, health care, biomedical research, politics, education, religion, environment and various columnists (though not all at once).
I started the CT DIGS blog in April 2010 and really dig it when readers send in questions and suggestions. You can find earlier posts at www.courant.com/ctdigsarchives.