Amid the dire broadcasts about pollution, global warming, and the ever-increasing dominance of technology, I am finding reasons to feel hopeful about the natural world. People are posting photos from their backyards on Facebook. They are becoming citizen scientists. And, as ever, they are lifting their faces to the sun, noticing birds flying overhead, and gazing out over the water.
Another source of hope is my collection of books about nature that literally “runneth over”–I’ve run out of nooks and crannies into which I can stuff them and have often used this space to share some of their glorious content.
Recently, the content here on First Person Naturalist has shifted a bit, as I cover nature-centric books publishers have asked me to review. Twice weekly, I write the Loving the World: Visits with Nature and Deeper Connection newsletter, free to subscribers. I often re-post those epistles on my dedicated Facebook page of the same name, here.
I am a writer and an amateur naturalist. I am proud to have been awarded the 2015 Edwin Way Teale Artist-in-Residence opportunity–I got to live on what I consider sacred ground and write in the same place that Teale did. I had another residency at Acadia National Park in June 2017–a gift that is still fresh in my mind, still inspiring writing. I am especially proud of my The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, with Homebound Publications, which launched in May 2017! Some awards for that one.
I love to conduct retreats, classes, and workshops as well as online classes centered on nature writing and nature appreciation and contemplation. This link leads to some free online instruction right here on the blog, especially helpful for “newbies” to nature writing. This link brings you to a list of upcoming events.
Please take a moment to share with me here (or as a comment on a specific blog) your own first-person naturalist experiences and thoughts. I love hear from other nature lovers, explorers, and writers.
Thank you for visiting me here!