One of My Poems Engraved in Wood

This engraving of my poem “How a House Wren House Becomes a House Wren Home” will be auctioned off for the Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool Ash to Art fundraiser this Saturday, April 21. Series 1/1. All pieces are made of Ash trees which have been afflicted by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer Beetle.

This piece can be yours, details here at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Click the arrows to view the engraving and painting process.

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Cheerful Death Poem

I’ve always been fascinated by how we’re generally so bad at dealing with something we all do. I was in a contemporary literature class and some facet of death came up during the lecture, I don’t recall what exactly. I thought of this poem and started typing it during a break in the lecture action. So if someday somebody wants to put me in a cement-lined designer velvet casket – you know what to do.

Beavers Returning to the Milwaukee River Become Front Page News

I’m pretty excited that our short documentary about beavers returning to the Milwaukee River became front page news! Thanks to everyone who participated in the doc and to Lee Bergquist of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for writing the article. View the story here.

Woodpeckers: Storytellers of the Wisconsin Forest

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I’m excited about this recent article I wrote at Schlitz Audubon, Woodpeckers: Storytellers of the Wisconsin Forest. I had a lot of fun working on it. The writing style is a combination or journalism, marketing, and educational writing while tapping our knowledgeable staff members as informational sources. The above graphic was put together by my colleague Zoe Finney, and features the quilting work of Myra Van Uxem.

 

The Lake Michigan Sky at Dusk Filled With Icy Waves

Well I hope you’re not yet sick of my Lake Michigan pictures, because it’s only January and we have a few more months of gorgeous winter icecano shoreline. This is one of about three dozen pictures I took from this vantage point. I knew instantly that this was my favorite by how the waves look like they’re taking a bite out of the icy shoreline while winking at you. The Great Lakes are pretty incredible, I’m fortunate to gaze upon them often.