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August 21, 2015
Back from the Mountains - 11889642_10153590332619433_1052328457657306392_n

Early this week, my husband Nat, daughters Elizabeth and Annie, and Elizabeth's boyfriend, Greg, hiked up to Mount Garfield in the White Mountains and stayed at Garfield Ridge Campsite. Sixteen mountains in the United States are named after the president who was assassinated one year into his presidency in 1881. This one, although smaller than many of them, is one of the more impressive peaks in the Whites. The lichen and moss seem to pop off the rocks, and the view extends fully around when one is lucky enough to get a clear one.

I'm busy with work this summer and so this...

July 16, 2015
Laura Ingalls Wilder devotees follow details - IMG_0020

I am at a conference of Laura Ingalls Wilder enthusiasts. It's called Laurapalooza. This name injects a lighter air to reality. Roughly 160 followers of the humble inspiration oin the Little House books research every lead they find leading toward what actually happened to the Ingalls family (Laura's parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, sisters, and more), Wilders, and—yes—Laura and Almanzo's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. I expected that some of these diehard enthusiasts for Laura's would greet the news that I'm writing about the truth of Laura's...

June 28, 2015
A Field Guide to a Morning - IMG_0130_0

In my workshop, Writing from Nature, we spent one morning collecting. Collecting can mean picking up some things like pine cones, leaves, bark, or acorns or it can mean drawing or taking photographs of plants, animals, trees.

When we got back from these solo walks, we set out our collections on tables and spent 20 minutes writing. We then gave the others guides to our collections and the ideas they'd inspired.

Here's part of my field guide.

1. Birch bark. For 40 years I've considered birch bark a leftover....  Something I write on or put on my shelf,...

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