I’m Robyn – outdoor girl, spiritual ecologist, writer, gardener, beekeeper. Mom to two adults, one dog and a handful of chickens. Collector of pinecones and feathers, stones and shells. A fierce defender of racial, cultural and gender equality and diversity. Part Xena Warrior Princess, part Snow White. A huge dose of Corvid curiosity and playfulness.
I live sandwiched between the Puget Sound and the Cascade mountains, just a bit north of Seattle. My home is filled with books and things that remind me of my place in the world – a place defined by my willingness to listen and be present, not by designer clothes and a fancy car.
I love to write. Funny thing is, I don’t do it enough, and these days there’s been less and less of it. But every experience in my life is habitually processed through the lens of how it would fall on the page. Writing is how I gain perspective, compassion and an appropriate fierce righteousness. Everyone is the hero/ine of their own story; I literally have to put mine on “paper” to see it.
I particularly love writing about the outdoors and how we are changed by our experiences in it. Nature has a unique ability to shift our perspective, allowing us to truly see. I slow down, breathe, and recharge away from man-made surfaces, lighting and sounds. I don’t head for the woods or beach to escape, I do it to become present again. The mountains and waterways of the Cascadia bioregion are my homelands. They have seen me through the best and worst of times, and I never return to the city without clarity and peace (and an immediate desire to leave again). I believe our time playing outdoors exploring and challenging ourselves settles us into our true place in the larger world. It allows us to become more of who we really are.
And, quite frankly, Nature is in need of our help. As much as She gives to me, I am duty-bound to give back. By sharing my experiences in the outdoors, I give her a voice and a way to educate and connect with readers who may never experience snow-melt streams, the smell of lightning or the breathtaking awe of alpenglow. Without understanding what is in need of protection, why would we choose to do so? And we must protect our wild lands and green spaces.
The writing you will find here is deeply personal – not because I have a particularly interesting life, but because, more than anything, I want to dispel the myth that we are alone in this world. I hope readers gain a better understanding of the challenges we face on a path to a more authentic, rewarding life. In putting words to often difficult emotions and situations, I seek to be a voice for those who have lost theirs. My life has so far been a hodge-podge of rather unique events that have taught me to pay attention, be compassionate, and above all, love fiercely.
What else do you need to know about me?
I have extensive public speaking experience and have been flown places to speak to people in suits at expensive conferences. I’ve also done a bit of teaching – mostly classes and workshops on creativity and writing for adults, but some kid’s stuff too.
I have a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. My essays, fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of newsletters, online literary journals and print publications. A long time ago, I won a couple minor awards, not that anyone would remember. I’ve done some professional content writing, social media and marketing stuff and I have a pretty interesting resume on my LinkedIn profile. And yes, of course I have the partially complete novel hidden in a drawer somewhere. That is practically a requirement of calling yourself a writer isn’t it?
Pour yourself some tea (or your adult beverage of choice) and check out some posts -recent ones are below, stuff is listed by category in the upper right hand corner. Let me know what you think.
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