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I love to write. Funny thing is, I don’t always do it, and these days there’s been less and less time for 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 appropriate fierce righteousness. Everyone is the hero/ine of their own story; I quite literally have to put mine into words 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. Away from man-made surfaces, lighting and sounds is where I slow down, breathe, and recharge. The mountains and waterways of the Pacific Northwest 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 immediately wanting 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 lightening or the breathtaking awe of alpenglow. Without understanding what is in need of protection, why would we choose to do so? And our ecosystem is in need of our protection.
I am also a mom, gardener, beekeeper, and collector of pinecones and stones and shells. My home is filled with things that remind me of my place in the world – a place that is not defined by the number of Doc Martens in my closet, but by my willingness to listen to you the way the bees listen to me.
The writing here is often 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 suites at expensive conferences. I also have done a fair amount of teaching in informal classes and workshops. I hate the idea of not being able to swear if the need arrises so I’ve never taught in a classroom or for an institution that couldn’t handle me being me.
I have a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard. My essays, fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of health related webzines and newsletters, online literary journals and print publications. I’ve won a couple minor awards, not that anyone would remember.
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