nature


Past the Peak 7

  It’s a beautiful late autumn day on our ridge. What image comes to mind reading those words? Blazing autumn color highlighted by warm Indian summer sunshine perhaps. Not so. While this has been one of the most dramatically colorful and extended fall seasons in Western North Carolina, today the leaves […]


Bury Your Head in the Sand and the Tide Will Carry it Away

So it seems that in order to protect their investment in land along North Carolina’s coast, certain folks are focusing their efforts on denying the rising tides. This article in the Washington Post explains the how and why. I chose the blue footed booby to illustrate this post because that’s […]


Re-Creation

   Inspiration May 18 – 23, I participated in the Cullowhee Mountain Arts Retreat at Camp Henry, a 300-acre retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about a two hour drive from my home. The marketing materials I’d read in advance promised, “Surrounded by the majesty of unspoiled nature, you can […]


Up and Outward Bound

I’ve received my first royalty check from sales at Amazon.com and excerpts from Not Done Yet, woven into a single narrative, won Second Place Honors in the Henderson County Silver Arts competition last week. Tipsy-making! I’ve also gotten a couple of early opportunities to speak about my transplant journey, and […]


Prepare for Garden-Variety Exercise

Now that spring is finally here, you’re no doubt going to spend time planting, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Yard work can provide a great workout, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching and pulling, your body may not be ready for exercise of the garden variety. Back pain […]