I was born in rural Pennsylvania, and three months later I was adopted by a wonderful woman named Phyllis. When I was 7, I asked Santa for a dad. That Christmas, my mom’s mustachioed boyfriend, Richard, proposed. And he is such a cool guy that he then adopted me. I lived in the same house until I went away to college. After college, I postponed real life for a couple of years in Boulder, Colorado (a great place to do that btw). Then I moved to San Francisco, where I continued to do more of the same until the generous research editor at Parenting magazine agreed to employ me. So began my illustrious fact checking career, which spanned Health and Wired magazines as well. I eventually began writing for these publications and others, and then one day I became a staff reporter at Wired.com. Several years later, I became the science editor. After 10+ years at Wired I left, became a Pilates instructor, launched this blog, and did lots of freelance writing. I’m now the San Francisco editor at Racked, a nation-wide blog about fashion and retail. Also, earlier this year, the most wonderful thing happened: My husband and I adopted a baby girl and named her Frida.