What I love the most about living in Hermosa Beach is the ocean and the sun. Our local environment fascinates me—surf, beach wildlife, solar power.
A la the "nature versus nurture" debate, many argue that people learn from their environments, and their environments have the potential to shape who they are.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, but in a way, I've grown up here too. Hermosa Beach has shaped who I am not only as a person, but also as a journalist.
Some of the stories I have written since 2010 while serving as editor of Hermosa Beach Patch—including and the Macpherson Oil lawsuit—have caused me to look at communities and science differently.
I'm now ready to take these lessons and apply them to a new chapter in my career as the associate editor of The Huffington Post science page.
As Friday marks my last day as a Patch editor, Hermosa Beach will not just remain a part of my professional journey, but also my personal life.
It’s nearly impossible to individually list the many community members who have supported me both personally and professionally—but to you I say "thank you," and you will remain a part of me always.
For now, I still reside in Hermosa and, of course, I will continue to read Hermosa Beach Patch for local news and information as guest editor takes the reins.
I'm sure Hermosa Beach soon will carve out a special place in her heart, as it has mine.