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selected work

I've worked on dozens of written pieces; I won't make you sift through them all. Listed here are just a few favorites from each category. If you're curious about work I've done of a particular type or on a specific subject and don't see it here, contact me

print editorial 

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Small But Mighty

Tiny homes promise to solve Colorado’s big housing problems—but only if we find a way to make them fit in.

Fort Collins Magazine, Feb 2018

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Little Altars Everywhere

Stay centered amidst stress and chaos with a desktop meditation station.

Yoga Journal, Jan/Feb 2006


digital content

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For the Love of Skiing,
Flying, and VW

Profile of adventurer and classic
VW Beetle owner JT Holmes.

Volkswagen / VW.com, Feb 2018

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When it Comes to Teaching Critical Thought, This Guy is a Superhero

Using the power of story and honoring differences to help kids understand media

Inc.'s AT&T View, Nov 2018


essays & other

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Chronic pain changed the way I think about sufferfests

When your love for the outdoors meets chronic pain, you grieve—and then you adapt.

Outside Online, Sept 2019

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The Best Laid Plans

When one spouse travels full-time, absence really does make the heart grow fonder. And sexting doesn’t hurt, either.

Fort Collins Magazine, Nov 2018

"I regularly hire Toni to write educational blog content for my website, Woo! Jr. Kids Activities. Above all, I am impressed with Toni’s ability to create compelling lesson plans that have really resonated with our readers. Several of her pieces have attracted natural, high-quality links and large numbers of social shares."

— Wendy Piersall, founder, Woo! Jr. Kids Activities

I love stories.

Few things are more satisfying to me than telling a story as a way to impact the people and circumstances around me. Sometimes that takes the form of a feature on the challenges of family trips when you have a child with disabilities. Sometimes it's a profile on an innovative teacher who's changing kids' lives. Occasionally it might be an in-depth review of outdoor gear for plus-size women, or an essay on recognizing and honoring a change in ourselves that sets us off in a direction we didn't expect. Even product stories, launch stories, and stories about how technology is shaping our lives. I'd love to hear yours, and help you tell it to others.

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