Barbara D
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Joined 11/3/2014
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Barbara is a professional writer with a master's degree in journalism and years of experience crafting articles for print and online media. She is also proficient in SEO writing and producing newsletters, press releases, brochures, resumes and product descriptions.

As a writer and editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, Barbara covered real estate, food, home and garden topics. She created award-winning travel articles for, as well as a wide range of health and fitness stories for Currently, she writes SEO copy for clients including prominent candy companies, clothing retailers, kitchenware makers, insurance brokers and law firms.

Barbara excels in writing about families, parenting and education. She formerly taught elementary school, served as the director of a Head Start program and received a Knight Foundation Fellowship to study newspaper coverage of family issues.

She has lived abroad and traveled extensively. For four years, she taught school in Tokyo, Japan, and visited several Asian countries. She also took a year-long trip through Europe and North Africa -- and even crossed the Sahara Desert in a VW van.

Currently, she lives in the most beautiful spots along the West Coast, but the specific location is always changing. Her husband serves three-month stints as a campground host in places such as Mt. Tamalpais, Carpinteria State Beach and the Cascade Mountains. Barbara writes from their camper, with the beach or the forest as her back yard.

One of Barbara's strongest points is creating crystal-clear copy that holds people's interest. Her philosophy is that reading -- and learning -- should be easy and enjoyable.

Home Living


Barbara specializes in lifestyle topics such as home entertaining, travel, food, health, fitness, nutrition, education, parenting and family life.


Barbara's interests include traveling, camping, hiking, reading and attending plays and operas.


University of Missouri -- Columbia

Studies included writing, copy editing, photojournalism and page design. Barbara graduated as a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence in journalism and mass communication.

Home Living

21 Projects Completed

Barbara served as a writer and assistant editor in the Home and Garden section of the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work covered a wide variety of topics including furnishings, accessories, remodels and real estate. She also has written online articles on subjects such as gardening and interior decorating.


20 Projects Completed

As a former teacher, Barbara has a special interest in family life, parenting and education. She received a fellowship to study newspaper coverage of family issues and has written about this topic for prominent newspapers and websites. Her subject matter ranges from promoting girls' self-esteem to dealing with "boomerang" kids -- grown children who return to live with their parents.


20 Projects Completed

Barbara's passion for travel comes through clearly in her award-winning articles on national websites. She has lived in Japan, crisscrossed Europe and camped throughout North Africa. Her travel stories cover everything from adventure tours in Cambodia to foodie day trips in New York City.


10 Projects Completed

Barbara enjoys writing about parties and entertaining for websites such as She feels special events -- including weddings, golden anniversaries and graduations -- should reflect your personality and also let guests feel like welcome participants.


52 Projects Completed

Barbara writes articles for a wide variety of online and print media. Her work includes award-winning travel articles for, as well as articles on health, nutrition, fitness, education and parenting for She also has written about home, garden and real estate topics for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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