Letter from the Editor


I indulge in travel adventures, culinary delights, goal-crushing and luxury hotels.

“Uncharted?” The word resonates on two levels:

  1. At the ripe age of 22 I started driving a ship around the world and got tossed into Iraq. Those were challenging “firsts” to navigate.
  2. A series of brain injuries changed the trajectory of my life. Never planned on that.

No matter what life throws at you, the ability to throw back even more is what counts. I adapted to my Uncharted Lifestyle well before I knew its origins. I endured some unfortunate symptoms, but thankfully there were positive side effects. After being whacked I became more experiential and sensory, finding the most joy in activities like sports, travel, cooking and of course, eating. I was more intense and felt most comfortable when being challenged and took to travel, often alone. 

The “Lara Croft meets Betty Crocker” and “Hurricane” monikers are accurate. From my love – and international study – of archaeology to running around in a shorty wetsuit with a gun strapped to my thigh, to all the races, dirt stuck under my fingernails, scarred and bloodied knees and elbows, to my pink aprons, five-course-meal dinner parties, never ending wine tasting and mile-high bubble baths; it’s all me. I like what I like. 

The gravity of the medical ringer I’ve been through, with 15 surgeries and bionic parts as evidence, is beyond digital articulation. I’m like a steel cable, deceptively long, sinuous and ready to carry more weight than appearance suggests. Unbreakable. Being sure of my fortitude allows me to to push myself to new heights.

My freelance articles and on-air projects are sporadic and all over the place, much like my ideas and adventures. This is a place I can tie much of it together and link to my outside work. Always on the prowl for interesting information, breathtaking vistas and intriguing cuisine, I’ll do my best to share the wealth. For information directly pertaining to brain injury, veterans issues and mental health, I’ve recently revved up my former site,  Aprons & Sneakers, named after the things I “could do well” after my first brain injury, in hopes I can help even one person navigate that crazy world.

I look forward to wrapping up my rehabilitation and proving wrong each and every person who insisted I hang up my athletic gear and give up my Uncharted Lifestyle.