Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

Did you see the New York Times headline Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 years. What were your thoughts? Initially I was sad, which is unusual because I’m usually dancing around and giving high fives when someone retires. I think of retirement as the time when you finally get to… Read More

Colorado Wildfires Summer 2018

I’m one person. In one small region of the southwest. With many stories to share. I was happily working on my computer while sitting outside on my deck and anticipating the start of the long weekend. Suddenly I was overcome by the intense smell of smoke nearby. Having studied wildfire science and worked in wildfire… Read More

Mindcamp Southwest: New Frontiers

Something tells me there’s a wealth of innovative, creative, design thinking, leaders out there. That’s you, right? If so, you might be interested in checking out a really cool creativity conference coming to Arizona March 1st-4th. It’s a four-day micro-university for personal, professional, and organizational creativity — a feast of concurrent sessions presented by the best… Read More

Variations on a Theme: Headshots

I was thrilled when my friend Michelle Auerbach, author, speaker, and storytelling consultant, recently asked me to take some headshots for her upcoming book. It was a busy time for both of us. It was the December holidays, I was traveling and working on several projects, and more importantly I was in town to celebrate Michelle… Read More

Community Farming & Young Farmers

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a farmer? Spending your days outdoors in the elements tending to the land and livestock, while growing healthy food our communities need to thrive. It sounds ideal doesn’t it? The reality is the number of famers in the United States is decreasing. There are… Read More

Daily Prompt: Nest

  The first thing she does every morning once she’s out of bed is fill the kettle to start the coffee. Even before she lets the dogs out into the backyard. The dogs are accustomed to her morning routine by now. Admittedly she’s a coffee addict. It’s not the caffeine she desires or needs, it’s the taste.… Read More

Perception & Perspective

I was recently invited to lead a workshop at the 2017 Headwaters Conference at WSCU in Gunnison, Colorado. The three day long conference theme of “Science, Story and Justice” explored how language creates justice and injustices as it unfolds the diverse ways of knowing that helps us to understand the world. The day long workshop I offered… Read More