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Jenny Yerrick Martin (COM ’88) is a veteran entertainment professional, and her blog pulls back the curtain on the industry. Jenny has spent the majority of her career as a hiring executive at a studio-based production company. She is the author of the forthcoming Breaking Into the Biz: The Insider’s Guide to Launching an Entertainment Industry Career.
Elizabeth Paige Fierman (COM’08) writes that cooking is in her blood. “My dad is a fantastic chef and my mom a wonderful baker,” she notes in her blog, where she shares recipes (check out the one for banana pudding) and “current obsessions.”
In his free time, Bostonia editor Art Jahnke (COM’78) plays too much squash, swims, bikes, and cross country skis. He blogs about health, fitness, and lifestyle “for people over 50 who like to play hard.” Jahnke is an assistant vice president in BU’s Office of Marketing & Communications and executive editor of BU Today.
Joshua Waldman (GSM’06) is a consultant, social media expert, and author of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies. He launched Career Enlightenment in 2009 following two layoffs in six months. His blog helps job seekers “break away from outdated and ineffective job-searching strategies.”
In 2011, Kim Forde (COM’98) left a career in corporate communications and PR to stay at home with her two children. She writes, “I’m Kim, a suburban mom fueled by a little snark, a lot of caffeine (this is often code for wine), a healthy fear of craft stores, and years of pent-up Manhattan road rage. Armed with a keyboard and an addiction to storytelling. Welcome to my tiny corner of the internet.”
Zachary Janowsky (UNI’06) is the founding editor of Raising Hale and a 2012 Phillips Foundation Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Raising Hale is the investigative reporting blog of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a free-market think tank in Connecticut.
Corrina Lawson (COM’87) is a self-described geeky parenting blogger at Wired.com. Lawson, a former journalist who left the workplace to raise her four children, is also coauthor of a new book, Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families (Potter Craft, 2012).
Sarah Crozier (CAS’11, COM’11) blogs about her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer stationed in Ethiopia. In a recent post, she writes about living abroad during her favorite holidays. “If anything, holidays mean our most creative sides come out,” she says.
Ryan Asmussen (MET’02, SED’03) has published his first novel, The Englishman and the Butterfly, “a tragicomic look at the differences between imagining a life, performing one, and becoming enlightened to the possibility that there is more to life than meets a reader’s eye.” Ryan, who teaches high school AP English literature and composition, blogs about his book and about writing.
Adrianne George Lind (MET’06) of Stockholm, Sweden, celebrates women of the African diaspora who live in Europe on her blog. She also is cofounder of the website Women of the African Diaspora, coeditor of BlackExpat.com, and founder of JobsInStockholm.com.
Charla Weatherby Trinidad (CAS’01), who works in the mental health and social service field in Chicago, blogs about her life, passions, family, and travels.
Kurt Blumenau (CAS'95, COM'95) weaves family stories, historical events, and social context into his blog, Hope Street, to paint a picture of American life in the 1960s and 1970s. Kurt is a corporate communications professional in eastern Pennsylvania.
Steve Wiggins (STH’87) is religious studies editor at the publisher Routledge. He earned a Master of Theological Studies at BU and a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. “No matter whether you are religious or not, religion influences your daily life in both subtle and obvious ways,” he writes. “I use this blog to post various thoughts on several aspects of religion (both ancient and modern) interpreted by a ‘specialist’ in the field.”
Ian Randal Strock (CAS’87), author of The Presidential Book of Lists: From Most to Least, Elected to Rejected, Worst to Cursed (Villard, 2008), blogs about presidents, vice presidents, and more. Ian is also the editor of www.sfscope.com, a source for news about science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal (COM’10) writes restaurant reviews and covers food-related events and other topics, focusing on Boston, Mass. Rachel is a science and food writer, photographer, and musician based in Somerville. She has a bachelor’s in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a master’s in science journalism from Boston University.
Gail McGaffigan (CFA’96) has launched a free, one-year course on music appreciation, which features a different classical composer each month. Gail has been a musician, composer, teacher, and conductor in the New England area for 25 years. Originally a trumpet player, she currently studies piano.
Marshall Hook (COM’94) is a married father of four—a daughter, a son, and twin boys. He blogs about his life, travels, career, and, of course, family. His most recent post: why four may just be the perfect number of kids.
Alexandra Fitzpatrick (COM’96), a mother of three, writes that after the birth of her third son, in 2006, she knew there had to be a way to get her kids to eat full and healthful meals. She decided to cook with her children instead of for them. “I figured I could tell a story about each ingredient and let them choose what they wanted to eat.” Her site includes regular posts, recipes, and videos.
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (LAW’99) is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, “the largest progressive community blog in the United States.” He also is coauthor of Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics and author of Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era. He blogs from the left about politics, elections, and a host of hot-button issues.
Nutritionist Joan Salge Blake (SAR’84) blogs about healthy eating, “one bite at a time.” Blake is a Sargent College clinical associate professor of nutrition and the author of several books, including Nutrition & You (Benjamin Cummings, 2012). Her website offers recipes, nutrition tools, tips, and weight management information.
Midge Raymond (COM’95), author of Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life, blogs about “writing, reading, and everything in between.” Her short story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Raymond is cofounder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press.
Andy Cohen (COM’90) is Bravo TV’s executive vice president of development and talent and executive producer of the Top Chef and The Real Housewives franchises. Cohen also is the host and executive producer of Bravo’s late-night talk show Watch What Happens: Live. He blogs about his social and professional lives and his book, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture (Henry Holt and Co., 2012).
Stergios Botzakis (CAS’95, SED’97), an assistant professor of adolescent literacy at the University of Tennessee, blogs about graphic novels. The site includes links and information for his students and anyone else interested in reading the books.
Elissa Altman (CGS’83, CAS’85), founder and editor of poormansfeast.com, won the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Individual Food Blog. She is the author of the cookbook Big Food (Rodale, 2005) and Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story, to be published by Chronicle Books next year. Her blog includes recipes and links to other food blogs and websites.
Spoiler alert! If you’re still struggling with the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, you might want to wait to read Kathy Matheson’s blog. Matheson (CAS’92, COM’92) solves the puzzle each week, and links to Wordplay, the Times’ crossword blog.