Mary Alice Monroe visited Boswell Books this week. I got a much needed dose of inspiration from this accomplished author who, like me weaves ecology themes and a love of nature into the story she tells. Have been ‘stuck’ with plot revisions after finishing the first draft of my middle grade novel, but am now motivated to get … More Boswell Books Author Talk
Transported to the Caribbean islands-at least for a few minutes when I read from my novel, Spice island at Sugar Maple Brew Pub in Milwaukee. Great to feel the warmth & camaraderie of local writers sharing their work. Fun kick-off of Picture & a Thousand Words. We used photographs as prompts to inspire a 1,000 word story.
“In Nature” this week. Taking advantage of the gorgeous fall weather in Wisconsin to bike Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail. Part of my life as a writer involves finding time away from pen and paper to clear my head, mull over story plots and ponder character development…Oh, and sometimes figure out what I’ll make for dinner. PEDAL POWER!
Built a Sukkah in our backyard last week. The yearly celebration of Sukkot has dual significance. Giving thanks for the fall harvest & commemoration of the 40 years Jews wandered in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. That’s me with a ‘Jacques Cousteau’ red cap and my dog Fig. Quite often you can find me … More “In Nature”…Sukkot
Crisp, clear day in Wisconsin at the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. Off camera: Macintosh, Cortland and caramel apples! Applesauce & pie coming right up!
The spring pours 38 million gallons of water daily into the trout-filled lagoon. This historic site was an important stopping point on the Cherokee Trail of Tears. I dipped my hand in and tasted this pure, clear & clean water.
Visit a National Park this year and experience one of America’s greatest natural treasures. Hike in the mountains, watch an erupting geyser or snorkel an underwater trail. Savor the sights, drink in the beauty, and feed your soul! Find Your Park – Celebrate 100 Years of The U.S. National Park System. Follow this link to … More National Parks Celebrate 100 Years
Hawksbill Sea Turtles are hunted and killed for their shells to make jewelry, ornamental hair combs, buttons and other luxury items. Sea turtles are in danger of becoming extinct if these illegal practices continue. You can help turn this around: Stop buying these items (opt for a fake or imitation version). http://www.conserveturtles.org/seaturtleinformation.php?page=shell_trade
Did someone mention food? Depending on the species, sea turtles can be animal-eaters, plant-eaters, or both. They don’t have teeth, but their beaks can give clues as to what they eat. The sharp, strong beak of the loggerhead turtle, for example, is great for crushing the shells of crabs and shrimp. A hawksbill’s narrow, pointed … More Chow Time…Do Sea Turtles Have Teeth?
Grab your snorkeling gear, hold tight to the seat of your motor scooter and join Nutmeg on Spice Island as she untangles the Mess at Mangrove Marina.