Writing samples

Orchid at IMA

Orchid at Indianapolis Museum of Art greenhouse, 2017. Photo by Nancy Crowe

Gardening and home improvement blog posts for Expedite Home Loans, a division of Ruoff Mortgage:

Companion planting creates harmony in the garden, Expedite Home Loans blog, June 13, 2017.

Garden starter: Raise your odds, Expedite Home Loans blog, May 9, 2017. The last of three confidence-building Garden Starter posts for beginning gardeners.

Garden starter: Hit the deck, Expedite Home Loans blog, April 27, 2017. The second of three confidence-building Garden Starter posts for beginning gardeners.

Garden Starter: Just add flowers, Expedite Home Loans blog, April 11, 2017. The first of three confidence-building Garden Starter posts for beginning gardeners.

The home improvement blues: What you wish you’d known, Expedite Home Loans blog, March 8, 2017. A lyrical guide to lessons learned.

Overhead and underfoot: The best home improvement bang for your buck, Expedite Home Loans blog, February 2017.

Feature stories for the Louisville Seminary alumni magazine:

Johanna Bos says ‘Goodbye’ to Louisville Seminary after 40 yearsThe Mosaic of Louisville Seminary, Spring 2017. A beloved professor looks back — but mostly forward.

Higher education, higher purpose: The Mosaic of Louisville Seminary, Spring 2017. Profile of seminary alum Will Mullins, chaplain at Muskingum College.

Cover stories for Fort Wayne Magazine:

Grow with what we’ve got: Native plants, classic neighborhoods … Fort Wayne has all the makings of great gardens, Fort Wayne Magazine, April 2017.

Power to heal: Therapy animals join humans on the journeyFort Wayne Magazine, January 2013

Rescue tales: What came next for some lucky, plucky, loving animalsFort Wayne Magazine, January 2012

Trowel & Error garden column for Fort Wayne Magazine:

Rising to the rose challenge: Raised beds, soil amendment keep finicky flowers happy, Fort Wayne Magazine, February 2017. (With a guide to traditional — and possible alternative — meanings of the different rose colors.)

Growth everlasting: Before there was psychiatry, there was horticultural therapy,  Fort Wayne Magazine, August 2016


Other projects:

Facilities that feel like familiesHorizons (The Magazine for Presbyterian Women), May/June 2013

• Ongoing copyediting for author/speaker/coach Alena Chapman — blogs, teaching materials, magazine articles, and her second book (details to be announced)

• Design, layout, copyediting, and occasional photography for special publications of Fort Wayne Newspapers, such as the Lake Escape section, the Town & Country Home Tour guidebook, the yearly Home and Garden special section, and more.  I also came up with the “Fort Wayne in Full Color” tagline for Fort Wayne Newspapers’ new press promotion in 2007.

• Copyediting of promotion and tenure cases for two university professors (they both were promoted and tenured)

• Copyediting several books for Chalice Press, publishing house of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

• Marketing copy, both writing and editing, for a variety of businesses and organizations

Unless otherwise noted, all work is the property of the client.