Welcome! Call me Carolyn. I’m a blogger, poet, and author of non-fiction, short stories, and novels. The world is full of stories that I want to capture and share with you. You can jump to a list of my published work, contact me, or keep reading to learn more about me.

My published work includes the short story “Zoning Adventures: A Home Addition Paper Chase,” the blogs urbantraipsing and Diving into Details, and vignettes for the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture alumni newsletter. A sample of my works-in-progress covers books on the morality of zoning and Pittsburgh’s adaptively reused religious buildings, a novel set in 1920s Pittsburgh, and a poetry collection inspired by my professional experiences and Don Quixote.

My first-grade teacher introduced me to the thrills of publishing my stories. Within a few years, I was selling short stories, state reports with graphs and fun facts, origami animals, crocheted coasters, and more through my mail-order CNR Store. (The world was on the cusp of going digital.) By high school, I had added two Western novellas to the catalog.

When not writing or reading, I continue to crochet and fold origami. I may also be found baking, doing home renovation projects, playing trivia, or practicing Scott Joplin rags. Once it is safe to congregate again, I hope to resume dancing and pursuing my quest for a blue whale.


When you give a zoning employee an application for a home addition…it’s hard to tell who will be more relieved to get it approved.

Zoning Adventures: A Home Addition Paper Chase

Zoning Adventures: A Home Addition Paper Chase

Open the pages of this illustrated, short story to see what goes on behind the zoning counter in the fictional, hilly city of Yinzburgh.


Follow my footsteps as I explore urban experiences across bridges, past religious buildings and public art, and through changing neighborhoods. For 2022, there will be a new public art feature on the 1st of every month, a 10-year anniversary look back at bridges walked in 2012 on the 15th of every month, and periodic updates on the activity following the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in January 2022.

Diving into Details

Join Kathleen Oldrey and me each week as we unpack zoning tips and tools for applicants and professionals.