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Gender Female
Location Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, United States
Introduction First it was bugs in jars. Then it was toad races in the sand box. Next, I obsessed over seashells and all the animals living in tidal pools and along the shore. Finally I went to college and studied biology, accidentally becoming a birder and amateur entomologist along the way. Raising a family gave me the impetus to start gardening. Now, many years later, I have come full circle back to bugs, though rarely do I catch them in jars any more. The more I learn, the more fascinated I become with the intricate web of biological connections surrounding us every day. Wasps that lay their eggs on paralyzed grasshoppers. Mosquitoes that prey on other mosquito larvae. Flea beetles that will only consume plant material from one genus of plants. What I can observe and learn in my own backyard is staggering. By caring for that yard organically, the small world that I provide for a huge variety of creatures is enlightening, enlivening, and enriching. How can anyone ever get bored?!
Interests Gardening, reading, family history, birding, natural history, and environmental issues
Favorite Movies Pride and Prejudice (A & E production), Possession, Hopscotch, How to Make an American Quilt, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Under the Tuscan Sun, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Secondhand Lions, French Kiss, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, Chicago, Michael, The Prince of Tides, The Thomas Crown Affair (recent version), Anne of Green Gables, The Last Unicorn, Clueless, Sabrina (new version), Charade (old version)
Favorite Music Singable music like Broadway musical soundtracks, Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook CDs, Peter Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Eagles, Out of Africa soundtrack, Somewhere in Time soundtrack, Kingston Trio, Kings' Singers, Association
Favorite Books Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, The Man Who Was Magic by Paul Gallico, My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, The Reinchantment of Everyday Life by Thomas Moore, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos, Loving Frank by Nancy Horan