Cat-Face

This essay/memoir excerpt first appeared in Pithead Chapel. ~ My boss admitted she’d hired me for my personality. Past events had inspired her to

Better Batter Balances Business with Charitable Giving: Q&A with Owner Naomi Poe

I first met Naomi Poe at a State College Celiac Support Group picnic, where she was slated to be the guest speaker, in July of 2011. She had traveled

Naomi Poe & Better Batter Part 1: A For-Profit Business with a Nonprofit Heart

What is Better Batter? Better Batter is a gluten-free, casein-free, and allergen-free mix company with products like flour mix, cake mixes, brownie

Naomi Poe & Better Batter Part 2: Personal Struggles Lead to Business Big Bang

What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you see yourself as an entrepreneur or business owner? I didn’t set out to go into business. I want

Naomi Poe & Better Batter Part 3: GMOs, Fad Diets, and Making a Positive Difference

In addition to celiac disease, what other allergies and intolerances to you have? I know I’ve always had an allergy to bee stings. The list has j

Naomi Poe & Better Batter Part 4: Thoughts on Business from a “Person in Business”

You seem like a pretty confident person, and you are clearly successful. Were you always this confident, or is this something that developed as you ma

Naomi Poe & Better Batter Part 5: Taking Over the World One Gluten-Free Product at a Time

Better Batter started as a one-product company. In addition to the original flour mix, what other products do you now offer?  In 2010 we put out o

Chicken Divan

This short story first published in Fire & Knives and later published in Oh Comely magazine ~ My brother came screaming into this world like t

Sled Team

A version of this excerpt from MUSH first published in Oh Comely ~ I declared a red alert for puppy arrival to all my colleagues and supervisor

Without Words

This excerpt from my memoir first published in Outside In Literary and Travel Magazine. ~ Kneeling between the leaders at the front of the lines, I