Letters from Eden Feeds the Eye and Soul

 For the past five weeks I have been haunting the Clyde Shepherd Nature Center in metro Atlanta, sometimes with my artists’ group, once with my husband, and several times on my own.  During one of those early visits, a Great Blue Heron caught two blue gills.  The sight of this Ichabod Crane of a bird with a […]

A Swedish Mystery Series Without Tattoos

When I was five and my girlfriend Judy was four, we used to play movie stars.  I was the blonde Marilyn Monroe, and she was the dark-haired beauty Jane Russell.  Over the years, I confess, I have been rather disappointed that my features bore less and less resemblance to Miss Monroe.  While my dress did […]

Homesick for the Country

Upon turning over the garden this week, we found the burrow for five young rabbits.  A wildlife expert we consulted taught us how to restore their nest, and a wave of homesickness for my family’s farm in Gettysburg, PA hit me.  I had some of my most wonderful animal adventures there with possums, box turtles, […]

The Bluebird Effect–Part Two

In Part One, I introduced Julie Zickefoose, writer and artist, whose new book The Bluebird Effect is now one of my favorites. In this earlier installment, I discussed Zickefoose’s rescue of a starving Turkey Vulture and mothering infant hummingbirds to fledglings. Zickefoose saves her most poignant chapters for last, as discussed below. Julie Zickefoose saves […]

The Bluebird Effect–Part One

Julie Zickefoose‘s husband is an editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, a magazine I have enjoyed for several years and which I  give to friends who enjoy birdwatching.  Julie has written articles for the digest and has contributed many paintings and drawings to it.  When I read that she had recently published The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with […]

City of Light: A City of Intrigue

For fans of historical fiction, romance, murder mysteries, and real life politics, City of Light by Lauren Belfer is a great read.  Her debut novel in 1999, the book made the New York Times Notable Book list.    While the fictional Louisa Barrett is the main character, early 1900’s Buffalo, New York is the real center of the […]