Back before my skin mutinied.

Name’s Cally. I’m a mother to a toddler, a wife, a sporadic blogger and one who occasionally writes, an obsessive bibliophile, a homesteading/gardening/naturalist/permaculture enthusiast, and learning about green burials/becoming a community death doula.

As chronic and severe eczema and adverse withdrawal reactions from topical steroid medications forced me to traverse away from the beaten path and detailed career plans (doctor of physical therapy), I now constantly reinvent my story. In a particularly low moment of never ending skin flares, I remembered my love for blogging, and thus started this blog (early 2018) to keep my hands busy from the ever-present itch.

And for a quick snapshot of my educational life for those curious:

  • BA in Biology, Swarthmore College, 2014
  • MS of Health Studies, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2018


  • Patterns of fluctuating asymmetry in the limbs of freshwater turtles: Are more functionally important limbs more symmetrical? (Evolution: International Journal of Organic Evolution, Jan 2020)
Life with a skin condition and a lovely human bean.