Stories are important. 

They tell us who we are, what we value, and where we need to go. They explore the conditions we encounter and create as human beings and as inhabitants of the shared planet we call home.

For much of my career, I’ve told stories in newspapers, magazines, and other media—in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, in Better Homes & Gardens, Plenty, Out, and Ms.—that elucidate issues we face as a society and as individuals. Whether they’re about religious family members reuniting with their openly gay loved ones or about big-city mayors who boast that their metropolises are the greenest, these are stories that enrich in the telling—stories that expand our experience, stories that call for action, stories that illuminate the wider world.