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Lives In Portland
I'm Skye, proud Portland native returned to the peninsula after many hot, hip years in Austin, Texas. I am a writer and proud word nerd. I have been working as a freelance writer and editor for seven years for national companies, small businesses, and individuals.
When I'm not at a local coffee shop on my Macbook sipping Mate Lattes, I am teaching and practicing yoga at Lila East End Yoga. I have been a dedicated yogi for nearly fifteen years, and it keeps my mind from obsessing over misplaced apostrophes and Internet slang.
I am also a mama to a preschool-aged boy who keeps me running around the beaches and woods of Southern Maine in search of sea creatures and bugs.
My husband, who is also a freelancer, and I are about to turn our one-fifth of an acre into a small urban farm with raised-bed gardens and chickens. We don't really know what we're getting ourselves into, so you can follow our misadventures on my blog: The Fifth Acre Farm Homesteading Project on WordPress.
Our family all lives here. We joined the Portland Food Co-op. We volunteer at local farms. We eat out a lot. We love food and we love this place.
Why did you choose Portland? I chose Portland because it's awesome! My husband and I both grew up here, so we wanted our son to be close to our families and the ocean. Portland has grown, and the community has expanded and diversified so much since we were kids. There is industry, opportunity, and culture here to rival any other bigger city on the East Coast. We love the people, the small businesses, the food, the seasons and the history.
Who are Portlanders you admire and why? I admire Portlanders who are making a difference in the community, like Aleksandra Townsend, owner of Spiral Tree Yoga, who is bringing yoga to schools and families. I respect what Michael Paterniti is doing at The Thinking Room for aspiring writers or anyone who has a story to tell. I love the Local Sprouts Cooperative mission and model. I admire anyone who's taking risks and giving back.
What do you like to do with out-of-towners? I like to eat, and luckily there is so much good food in Portland, our out-of-town guests usually leave fat and happy. I like to show visitors how walkable the city is from a stroll through the farmer's market in Deering Oaks Park to shopping in the Old Port to the East End Trail and beach. If it's a visiting family, the Children's Museum or Greenlight Studio is a must, as is Otto for dinner.
Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Lila East End Yoga is instant happiness for me. The studio is so intimate and welcoming, the teachers are all talented and funny, and the community of yogis know and support each other like no other studio I have experienced.
What's the most surprising thing about this city? Portland is a really friendly city. Living in the South for so many years and experiencing "Southern Hospitality" I forgot how genuinely happy Portlanders are. People sometimes think of Portland as North Boston, as typically Yankee, with the same sense of rushing and bustling and terseness, but Portland stands out as warm (well, internally anyway) and welcoming.
What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Holy Donut's dark chocolate sea salt donuts will be my undoing.
What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? The Portland Food Co-op is on the rise. Membership and support are growing, and once the store opens it will continue to expand, but right now it's still flying a bit under the radar. We have been members since we moved back to town, and I can't tell you how wonderful it is to prepare a meal with almost entirely local ingredients all year long. Sharing wholesale splits has introduced us to a lot of new product, helped us plan meals, and we have met some creative, fun people at pickup!
Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. My perfect night would begin with happy hour at LFK at the beautifully crafted bar drinking one of their unique and yummy cocktails. If it's First Friday, I'd go walking through the Arts District and down to the Old Port, gallery hopping along the way to dinner at Eventide Oyster Co. Late night I'd stay in the Old Port for one of the dizzying array of beers at Novare Res or a cocktail at Portland Hunt and Alpine. After sleeping in the next morning, because clearly my son is at his grandparents' house in this fantasy, I'd head to Bintliff's for a huge omelet and then walk it off at the farmers' market in Deering Oaks.
Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? East Ender is so intimate and casual, I almost always end up talking to fun, laid-back folks on the couches or in front of the fireplace, sharing stories and comfort food. It's pretty family-friendly as well, so if I don't make friends, my son usually does! It's hard not to have a warm heart after a plate of lobster poutine.
I teach story writing throughout Greater Portland and connect published authors with student writers.