A Long Goodbye

This is my final summer working in middle Georgia with the bear project, and my final summer as a graduate student. In 2013, I wrote a blog about coming here; much of my sentiments could be reversed in this post. This is my fourth summer here, and I could fill a book with everything I … Continue reading A Long Goodbye

Flat Squirrels and Choices

This quote has been popping up all over my internet surfing in recent days.  It's a timely reminder, really, given my current situation in graduate school, and in life.  Every day I'm faced with decisions about what kind of models to write for analyzing my data, what kind of food to cook for dinner, when … Continue reading Flat Squirrels and Choices

Forever Family

Aunt Mary Jane gives the best hugs. You can ask anyone who knows her, family or not.  She gives you a big ol' squeeze that's long and heartfelt: one of those hugs where you immediately understand what it is to be truly loved, one of those you kind of wish you could pull out of … Continue reading Forever Family

Unless

This day comes around every year, and every year it makes me nostalgic for kid's books, summers rolling in the grass, and a strong sense of discomfort.  Seems a strange combination, no?Today is March 2nd, Dr. Seuss's birthday.  Every year on this day, I read The Lorax, and every year that book and what it … Continue reading Unless

The Valentine

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that … Continue reading The Valentine

Why–and How–do we choose to nurture Nature?

There are some people who leave college knowing their chosen degrees will make them money, make them successful, and take them to fancy restaurants and big cities.  There are other people who leave college knowing that... Well... They love being outside.  And they'll probably live in lots of places across the country before coming back … Continue reading Why–and How–do we choose to nurture Nature?

Love Letter(s) to the World

Beloved,There are times I wish that I didn't love so much.  There are times I wish it were easier to separate myself from the joy, hurt, heartbreak, fear, hope.  Yes, there are many times I am grumpy, unapproachable, and rude.  There are times when I do not want to interact with other humans, regardless of … Continue reading Love Letter(s) to the World