About

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Welcome to my corner of the Internet! I was born a Gemini in Youngstown, Ohio, as Elizabeth but became “Betsy” when my parents had a heated argument. I started my career as a 24-year-old journalist writing for the Associated Press in Athens, Greece, and I have been writing ever since.

My stories have appeared in The New York Times‘ Modern Love columnThe Boston Globe, Food & Wine, The Washington Post and New York Magazine. I also wrote a column for Women’s Magazine in Boulder, Colo.

I love writing profiles and personal essays, and I recently completed a memoir. One of my personal essays about my ex-husband’s recipe for “divorce potatoes” was the third most popular food story in The Washington Post in 2019. I was also delighted to have actress Abbi Jacobson choose my Modern Love column for the podcast.

A few years ago, I traded city for country, and I now live in Vermont with my two dogs, Ronan and Jackie O. In my spare time, I give astrology readings for fun and feed orphaned baby birds at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Please email me if you would like to connect!