I am a digital immigrant with an infinite love for narrative and a history of making radio.
I find particular joy in working with photographers, because they understand the importance of being fully present in the moment.
I believe that listening is the beginning of understanding, and I believe that stories have the power to change our lives.
Author Archives: Michelle
Life is taking me some pretty amazing places these days, some of which require special gear (see photo).
Christine Rucker, Phoebe Zerwick and I are at work on yet another cool project, one in which we get to drop into the … Continue reading
I’ve been pretty slack about posting lately, but cut me some slack: I’ve been busy making things, and thinking, and making my way through the post-employment landscape that’s pretty much the story for millions of Americans.
But I’m taking inspiration … Continue reading
For the record, I am not being paid anything to endorse Wix.com, the slick little HTML5 website building tool I used to create a site for our project, “Story Of My Life.”
I’d been wanting to play with it for … Continue reading
UPDATE: On Thursday, March 21 the N.C. DOT said it’s scrapping the pink-striped design.
It’s been a long time since I had the pleasure of producing a story for a national radio program, so it made me really happy when my … Continue reading
Ghree’s story is the last of six pieces in a series called “Story of My Life,” produced with funding from the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute and exceptional cooperation from Group Homes of Forsyth.
Ghree is one tough cookie, and she … Continue reading
The most amazing thing has happened to me: I am back on the air at WFDD, the public radio station in Winston-Salem, after an unplanned sabbatical of more than 12 years.
I think I made good use of the time: I learned … Continue reading
One of the most humbling things I’ve done recently is ask my former colleagues for LinkedIn recommendations. The many beautiful responses I received reduced me to tears of gratitude, especially the words of the young journalists who have all gone on … Continue reading
And I thought I was so clever. Lately I’ve been having conversation with friends who are still trying to wrap their heads around using social media as part of their outreach for business or creative projects. So I started thinking … Continue reading
A father, his daughter and the first black president of the United States
My old dad always did have a knack for getting things his way with us, even before an epidural steroid injection gone wrong landed him in a wheelchair.
I’d … Continue reading
The iPhone is a mighty media tool, especially when it is the one piece of equipment you’re carrying when you encounter breathtaking beauty and mystery.
I know I keep saying it, but I’m one lucky woman. Some months ago now, I got to spend a couple of days with a group of young men involved with the College Success Foundation of the District of Columbia. … Continue reading
A car accident set the course of Cecilia Henry’s life when she was just six years old. The girl nearly died from a traumatic brain injury, and doctors told Cecilia’s mother that she would never again walk or talk. When … Continue reading
When Christine Rucker, Phoebe Zerwick and I started the “Story Of My Life” project a year or so ago, we did so with the words of the late Henri Nouwen sounding in our heads. Nouwen is a writer, scholar and … Continue reading
Perhaps it’s not the most politic thing in the world to announce your unemployment on your own website, but I have never been one to pussyfoot around. I lost my job a little over a month ago, in a newsroom … Continue reading
How do you tell the story of your life without words?
Meet John Linville, a resident of Group Homes of Forsyth and one of the subjects for our series “Story of My Life”.
John is one of a set of triplets, born … Continue reading