In my line of work, I’m very used to the concept of interviewing people who are way smarter than I am. Dr. Aileen Yingst is definitely one of those people. “Don’t sell yourself short, Lena. You’re smart,” you say. Yeah, that may be, but I’m no SPACE SCIENTIST. Dr. Yingst is a geologist at the nonprofit Planetary Science Institute, which works with NASA to provide science support for all of its various space missions. Dr. Yingst is a scientist on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s mission for the space probe… Read more I Interviewed a Space Scientist →
One of the things I love most about my job as a freelance writer is the variety of topics I get to learn about. Healthcare, check. Entrepreneurship, check. Fascinating people,… Read more Taking Readers on a Tour of Hampton Mansion →
I’ve mentioned here before that one of my most long-standing projects has been writing the Today’s Daughters section in American Spirit, the award-winning and simply stunning bimonthly magazine for the… Read more Another Amazing Daughter →
As a freelance writer for a variety of healthcare-focused clients, I’ve had the opportunity to write about the opioid crisis more than once in recent months. The first opportunity came… Read more Writing About the Opioid Crisis →
Through one of my clients, I recently had the opportunity to write some website copy for a new tiny home development in Austin, Texas. It was so much fun learning about the development, all the tiny little homes and especially what draws people to the lifestyle. I was sold! Of course, I think if my family were going to join the ranks of tiny house living we would need a tiny house compound. You know, one for my husband and me, one for the kids and their toys, and one… Read more I Have Tiny Home Fever →
Despite what airline marketing materials and children’s books would lead us to believe, there aren’t a whole lot of female pilots out there. While researching this article, a profile on… Read more I Interviewed a Female Pilot →
Yesterday’s mail included the latest edition of American Spirit, the award-winning magazine of the Daughters of the American Revolution for which I’ve written since 2005. Inside this issue was a… Read more Connecting With Family Over a Little-Known Patriot →
The Problem With Overdiagnosis, which appeared in the Q3 2016 issue of HealthTrust’s The Source magazine, has been one of my favorite articles to research and write for HealthTrust. I’d like to take 100 percent credit for coming up with the idea, but that credit goes to a 2015 New Yorker article written by Atul Gawande called Overkill. The concept of overdiagnosis—and the subsequent overtreatment that often comes with an overdiagnosis—is really interesting to me, and should be interesting to lots of people—whether providers, patients or payers. Read the full article here.