Category Archives: Magazine Writing

Travel writing :: ISO Adventure in Wichita

The January installment of my monthly column for Wichita Magazine covered quest for finding more adventure close to home and meeting new people with similar adventurous streaks. Update: so far I’m loving my membership in the Adventurous Babes Society!

You can read the article via this link to Wichita Magazine’s website:

http://wichitamag.com/blogsearch/issues/january-2015/iso-adventure-wichita/

Me skydiving at Stearman Field with Gypsy Moths just outside Wichita, Kansas.

Me skydiving at Stearman Field with Gypsy Moths just outside Wichita, Kansas.

 

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Travel writing :: Springfield, Missouri, holiday getaway

I wrote a short piece on visiting Springfield, Missouri, as an option for a quick getaway from Wichita during the holiday season. The article ran in the December issue of Wichita Magazine.

You can read the article via this link to Wichita Magazine’s website:

http://wichitamag.com/blogsearch/issues/0212/holiday-getaway-springfield-missouri/

 

I captured this image of their famous hand-blown ornaments when I visited Springfield Hot Glass in Springfield, Missouri.

I captured this image of their famous hand-blown ornaments when I visited Springfield Hot Glass in Springfield, Missouri.

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Travel writing :: Yelp louder, I can’t hear you

I haven’t had a meal out without the help of Yelp in a long time — whether while traveling or even at new local spots.

My October column in Wichita Magazine discusses the fact that Wichitans are not yelping loud enough. How are visitors, new residents, our neighbors supposed to find the best places to shop and eat – from hole-in-the-walls to special occasion dining – if we don’t help make some noise?

You can read the article via this link to Wichita Magazine’s website:

http://wichitamag.com/blogsearch/issues/0210/wichitans-yelp-louder-i-cant-hear-you/

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Magazine Writing :: Flying and writing for a cause

Photo courtesy of Jackie Gaertner

Photo courtesy of Jackie Gaertner

I read a lot about animal welfare and animal rescue because it’s an area of interest to me. One day I read an article about a recreational pilot using his small airplane to take some dogs from one part of the U.S. where they weren’t likely to get adopted to an area of the country where they were more in-demand and there was a no-kill movement to give them additional time to get adopted.

A light bulb went off. I write for King Air magazine and Beechcraft owners are some of the most passionate about using their airplanes for good causes. I was certain there had to be King Air owners out there who used their airplanes to help animals. If I could find a few, I could feature them in the magazine and hopefully encourage other pilots to help save animals.

After some Google work, I contacted the Pilots N Paws organization to see if they could help connect me with one of their volunteer pilots who flew a King Air. Honestly, most of the pilots who volunteer there are flying much smaller aircraft so I didn’t get a huge list of names. But I got a name — Chris and Jackie Gaertner of Palo Alto, Calif.

Pilots N Paws

Photo courtesy of Jackie Gaertner

This couple was amazing in helping me tell the story of how they started using their brand-new King Air C90GTx for humanitarian missions as soon as they took delivery of it last December. In addition to helping take cats, dogs and other animals to new homes, the Gaertners also fly cancer patients to appointments and they lease their aircraft at a discounted rate to an organ transplant team.

You can read the full article in the September issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the words “open publication” below the image of the cover or copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/sept_2014_kamag_pilotsnpaws_for_iss/0

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Magazine Writing :: King Air magazine cover on The Persistent Pilot

Rick Nutt_King Air Magazine_Aug 2014_coverI write regularly for King Air magazine but I usually don’t get a chance to interview the operators in person (I really TRIED to get them to send me to Australia for the Royal Flying Doctors article!). However, for the August issue our cover feature focused on Rick Nutt, who lives and owns a business in Wichita, Kansas. It was great to actually get to meet Rick and to see his new hangar home at the Benton Airport being built. I can’t wait to see it when it’s completely finished later this fall. If you visit Stearman Field at Benton Airport, just a few miles outside of Wichita, you certainly can’t miss his hangar — it’s right next to the restaurant.

Rick has been involved with aviation most of his life but didn’t decide to become a pilot until a few years ago. He made up for lost time and now owns three airplanes, including a King Air 200 in which he earned his multi-engine rating.

You can read the full article in the August issue of King Air magazine, published by Village Press. The publication’s audience includes owners of the more than 7,000 Beech King Air turboprop aircraft that have been delivered since 1964, as well as prospective owners. Click on the words “open publication” below the image of the cover or copy and paste this link: http://issuu.com/melindaschnyder/docs/rick_nutt_king_air_magazine_aug_201

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