Meet JD

Hi, my name is JD–welcome to the blog. On this page, I’ve been asked to tell you more about myself and my creation, The Salted Rim Chronicle. 

Well, my first love is writing (super cliché) and I’ve been writing poetry since I was a child. But then I grew up, had kids of my own, was brilliantly successful at ending relationships, and as a result, became a single mom of three kids. As such, a career in the arts wasn’t an option. Fortunately, I’m a rather savvy business-woman and ended up having a successful (albiet soul-crushing) career in finance. 

Fast forward: The Salted Rim Chronicle began coming to life, when I stopped listening to that self-limiting chatter in my head (fueled far too often by the opinions of others), and allowed myself a personal “do over”. With the goal of throwing out my alarm clock forever, I set out to restructure everything in my life. 

I wanted freedom.

I wanted to travel.

I wanted to create art.

I wanted to learn.

After eight long years of full time study, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. I left that extraordinarily high paying job, began working as therapist, and accepted a position as an adjunct psychology professor. As planned, my career shift allowed me to focus on my creative writing, and I designed the blog, but I wasn’t quite done—I applied to Columbia University’s MFA Creative Writing Program and hoped to get accepted…and here we are!

My studies at Columbia have been centered on poetry, non-fiction, and photography. The program at Columbia has shifted my perspective(s) on almost everything, and attending this university was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 

And now, back to the blog: while I was excited to develop this site, I’ve found blogging to be quite different than the intensely introspective/personal  writing I normally create. I’m not sure if “blogging” and poetry/non-fiction short stories is compatible, but I think I’ll find the right blend eventually. In this way, the blog evolves daily, and I assume it will continue to shift.

That said, I’m looking forward to sharing poems, thoughts, and stories (a lot of them are heart-heavy) with ya’ll, and spreading some margarita love for good balance! 

I thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read—I hope you enjoy the site!

Below are some “fun facts” about me, just scroll past the heels and pearls…


  • The “cocoon” (my bed) is my favorite place on the planet
  • Except for NYC, which might tie for first place. I heart  NYC and the fondue at the Bourgeois Pig (which update, is now closed—insert my sad face)
  • Okay, and the beach. NYC should be warmer. Maybe I belong in LA?
  • Tom Waits & Bukowski = genius. I’d like to be like them when I grow up
  • Actually, I’d like to be a hybrid of Bukowski, Waits, and Gloria Steinem when I grow up (that’s not going to be anytime soon, FYI)
  • I am especially fond of writing dark/depressing/ miserable/ trembling poetry (even though I know there aren’t too many people who want to read it)
  • If cigarettes weren’t bad for one’s health, I’d smoke—a lot, like, chain-smoke
  • I hate feeling trapped (physically, emotionally, or financially) – hence, being a starving artist isn’t easy for me
  • My natural hair is extremely curly—I’m struggling trying to embrace it—I’m trying to embrace sprouting grey, too, and neither are working 
  • Patronizing local business is super important
  • Travel is transformative and I need “to go” often, because I waited too long to begin experiencing World, and life isn’t a dress rehearsal 
  • This writer’s brain and body is fed primarily veg, organic, and GMO free foods
  • Authenticity allows me to sustain inner-happy 
  • Jameson & Ginger for poetry n’ prose
  • Margaritas are liquid Xanax
  • Tequila and salt water cures everything