Shirah Kinder is an editor of Inhabitat. On a school career goal form, Shirah jotted down how she wanted to be a cardiologist based on nothing more than it being a really cool name. Her counselor approved. But what she really loved was reading books in warm light at night and writing fiction online to 17,000 readers. She loved connecting through stories and hated doctor’s offices. It came as a surprise only to Shirah’s counselor when she changed her answer to writer and editor. Shirah graduated from Slippery Rock University, a school just north of Pittsburgh, with her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She worked as an editorial assistant for her school’s film journal and contributed to the English department’s website covering local creative talks. Shirah has also been recognized by Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards for her short stories. In her free time, Shirah enjoys making intricate earrings, spoiling her two chaotic cats and exploring all the beautiful beaches southern California has to offer. Along with her passion for language, Shirah has always cared about the environment and sustainability. Her mother was a great influence, teaching her to minimize household waste and respect nature. Shirah’s favorite article on Inhabitat is This Apartment Building in Staten Island Has a 5,000-Square-foot Urban Farm. She finds the combination of community, accessibility for residents and support for local farms especially important.