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'Her Natural Habitat'


This blog is a maker-space dedicated to sharing experiences about creativity, writing, nature, healthy living, travel and likely a few more topics. I welcome guest bloggers and am eager to share interviews with creatives who inspire me. 

"One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began..." 

from Mary Oliver's The Journey

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Your 'Backyard' Nature Awaits

January 31, 2019

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January 31, 2019

I don't make new year's resolutions. But I do center myself during those quiet days from December 26-31. It's about getting really quiet and refocusing on areas of my life where I've lost my way. The list was long this year.

And although I live in a forest surrounded by...

July 22, 2018

Since moving to my "treehouse" three years ago, I've become much more intimately acquainted with the behaviors and habits of a wide variety of forest critters. I've identified more than 28 species of birds, so far, by sight or sound. The hoots of the barred owl couple...

July 2, 2018

I visited Muir Woods north of San Francisco for the first time in 2011. 

I remember... walking under the sign at the main entrance after talking with one of the Rangers. He asked if I had visited before. When I said no, his face revealed a knowing smile, as if to say I...

June 25, 2018

The Eastern Bluebirds have started building a second nest, so more babies will soon be on the way. These parents are a delight to watch as they work together to build the perfect straw nest for their eggs. 

As they raised their first brood of five chicks, both pare...

May 18, 2018

This spring we attended the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show and learned about bluebird houses from an expert with Wild Birds Unlimited. I've never seen Eastern Bluebirds in my forest, so this seemed like a great opportunity to try and attract them. 

Bluebirds prefer their...

March 6, 2018

Remembering grandmothers in housecoats and slippers, I wandered my forest this morning in the 'new age' attire of middle-aged aged women... yoga pants, hoodie and a wrap. 

Coffee in hand, I noticed how exuberant the birds are this morning: a pileated woodpecker hammers...

February 12, 2018

Do they know their destination, those wild geese in determined formation against the slate sky

Do their instincts guide them to a particular place, a knowing when they arrive

Do they worry along the way that this path may be the wrong one, that another route,


February 8, 2018

 [purple finch]

When I moved to my 'treehouse' more than two years ago, I learned quickly that a habitat of animals and birds surrounded me. And this forest was all theirs. I just happened to have a home in the middle of it.

The first night, I woke to scuffling on the fr...