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book jacket CreditCards.com, April 2011
Q&A with author of Zombie Economics

If your financial situation feels like a horror movie, you'll appreciate the narrative thread behind "Zombie Economics: A Guide to Personal Finance." Lisa Desjardins, who reports on politics and the economy for CNN radio, talks about the new book she co-authored with Portland, Ore., broadcaster Rick Emerson.
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road out of debt CreditCards.com, Februaryl 2011
If you're buried in credit card debt, bankruptcy is one way out, but it comes with a steep price. So just how bad should debt be before bankruptcy makes sense -- and what can you do to avoid it altogether? .
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The Writer, December 2009
When and how to connect to editors on social-media sites
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn present access to editors that writers never had before, but it comes with a confusing protocol. Where do you draw the line between business and personal?
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CreditCards.com, November 2009

Buyers' guide to gift cards: 5 questions to ask before buying
Want to save money on gift card buying? Ask yourself some key questions, do a bit of homework and your extra effort can mean extra cash in your pocket.
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MSNBC, August 2009
Refinancing? Weigh risks of debt consolidation
With mortgage rates still near historic lows, consolidating credit card debt in a refinance can substantially lower monthly expenses. Yet many financial experts advise against it.
Here's why.
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Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist, August 2009
Building an Online Following

A new wave of jewelry artists is setting up shop online, navigating a rapidly evolving network of virtual marketing and selling. Some tips for selling handmade goods online and how to make the most of Etsy, 1000 Markets, and Trunkt. [available for reprint]


CreditCards.com, March 2009
6 Ways to maximize hotel rewards
Hotel reward points can help you get more vacation for your money, especially if you take advantage of loyalty program incentives and partnerships between card companies, hotels, airlines and retailers. [Read the article]

Marketing Review, Fall 2008
Experiments in Podcasting

Tourism bureaus were the first to jump into podcast and online video marketing. Now hotels, museums and cruise lines are discovering new ways to appeal to the wired generation.
[Available for reprint]

JCK, May 2008
Christie's Rides the Wave

Rahul Kadakia, head of the most successful department of the world's most successful jewelry auctions, shares the secrets behind those record-breaking sales. [Download PDF]


Portfolio.com, May 2008
Reality's Bites

The market for baby-boomer memorabilia is topping out. Is it time to buy into skateboarding, videogames, and '90s rock?
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Home Decor Buyer, April 2008
Getting Noticed

In the midst of a recession, Doug Reinke launched a retail brand, opened two stores and doubled his sales volume—thanks mainly to his savvy use of the Internet. [Available on request]


New Jersey Life, October 2007
Bullish on Bordeaux

Buying wine futures can mean serious savings in a good year, and 2005 was one of the best.
[Available for reprint]


Williams Alumni Review, March 2007

Professor, author and Middle East expert Marc Lynch (aka Abu Aardvark) and fellow political blogger Daniel Drezner weigh in on the benefits and risks of blogging in academia. [Download PDF]



JCK, June 2006

After the Storm
Katrina left New Orleans’ retailers struggling to run businesses from remote locations, their employees scattered around the country, their stores inaccessible—sometimes flooded, looted or burned to the ground. A few familiar jewelry stores did not survive. Others are finding salvation in two things: the Internet and the fleur de lis. [Download PDF]

  Marie Claire, June 2006
Could You Work for Your Mom?
For centuries, men have followed in Dad’s footsteps and joined the family business. Now, with female-run businesses in the U.S. multiplying and averaging $27 million in annual revenue, a generation of women are learning the rewards and pitfalls for themselves.


Contributing editor for Home Décor Buyer, monthly trade magazine for retailers of home décor and furnishings

East coast editor of VM+SD (Visual Merchandising + Store Design) magazine for eight years.

Former editor-in-chief of Accent, a retail trade magazine

Anthologized in Retailing Management (McGraw-Hill, 2001), Handbook of Jewelry Store Management (Chilton, 1996), and Essentials of Retailing (Times-Mirror,1996)