For at least a year, I’ve wanted to abandon the WordPress Thesis template that powered this web site. I didn’t like that it made a blog the focal point of my domain because, the thing is, I either don’t blog or I force myself to blog a bunch of stuff that winds up being hit or miss. I don’t do “miss” so well. Or, I wind up blogging about how hard it is to maintain a blog, but how I’m going to resolve to update it more and do better this time (only to do just the opposite). Blogs are super-duper problematic for me, which is why I found a new template that stuck mine at the bottom of the page…as an afterthought…because let’s face it, that’s what it is.

So welcome to the new, a landing page where you can click around to find my clips, my bio and a way to contact me for writing assignments large and small. Yes, there’s still a blog, but it’s tucked away in a spot that works for me. I hope the new site works for you too. So click around, make yourself at home and let me know what you think about the new look.


I titled this post “Stout,” in part as a commentary on the solid new design of this site, but also because it was St Patrick’s Day this past weekend. For me, St. Patrick’s Day and Guinness go hand in hand. But it’s also worth noting that I’m a chocoholic of the first order. What do St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness and my chocoholism have to do with each other, you might ask? Well, St. Patrick’s Day serves as a good excuse for making chocolate stout cake.

The other excuse? This old ad:



Now that I’ve built my case, here are the recipes I used, both from

Chocolate Stout Cake

Stout Creme Anglaise (I hereby rename this “Awesome Sauce”)

And here is the end result: