Year of Gratitude 2021

Eolyn introduces young Briana to the power, abundance, and magic of the forest. Detail from Daughter of Aithne. Artwork by Tom Vandenberg. Even as we continue deep inside the pandemic, 2021 has brought signs of hope. As of this post, new case numbers have dropped dramatically. Campaigns for vaccination are gathering momentum. D.C. politics, despite... Continue Reading →

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Sword of Shadows FREE on Kindle

This weekend only - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - you can download my novel Sword of Shadows for free on Kindle. Eolyn battles underworld demons in SWORD OF SHADOWS Synopsis: Eolyn returns home after a bitter war. Together with her small coven, she begins the hard work of restoring women’s magic. Bound by love for... Continue Reading →

It’s Okay to Pull Back (Or, Confessions of a Would-Be Entomologist)

Cup traps proved very effect for sampling early spring native bees. Friday, I met my student, Gabrielle, on a frosty spring morning to set up traps for her capstone project. Gabrielle is following up on work begun last year assessing the impact of stem nester refugia on native bee communities in prairie remnants at Jerry... Continue Reading →

Free Read Fridays: Brothers in Magic

I'm testing the waters with some video content on my Instagram account. Called "Free Read Fridays," each episode will include a brief (1-minute) reading from a randomly selected page in my novel EOLYN. I will occasionally cross-post here, but the best way to catch Free Read Fridays is to follow me on Instagram. This week's... Continue Reading →

Farewell, 2020

Our classic interdisciplinary course Ecology Through the Writers Lens ran under a different format this year, with local day trips instead of week-long overnight visit to the Flint Hills. Of course, everyone masked up. Photo by Amy Milakovic. As this extraordinary year winds down, I find myself reflecting not so much on what 2020 took... Continue Reading →

(Re)Connecting Wild

The woodland sunflower in full bloom. Look closely and you'll see a native bee (family Halictidae). I promised I'd share some inspiring stories from NACCB2020, so this week I'm embedding the short film (Re)Connecting Wild from NineCaribou Productions. (Re)Connecting Wild documents the efforts of the Nevada Department of Transportation and partners to re-connect an historic... Continue Reading →

Virtual Inspiration

Filmmaker Jake Willers talks about the making of (Re)Connecting Wild at the 2020 North American Conference for Conservation Biology By February of this year, when Covid-19 was just making its presence known in the U.S., my summer calendar was booked. Early June, I planned to attend the Society for Ecological Restoration's (SER) global conference in... Continue Reading →

Words of Courage, Comfort, and Contemplation

Prairie wildflowers brighten the summer months at Jerry Smith Park, Kansas City, MO There are small things I can point to as bright spots inside the pandemic. Among these, I've discovered the pleasure of podcasts. I know: I'm years behind on this one. I'd never listened to podcasts before March 2020, but being away from... Continue Reading →

Summer Escape for $4.99

It's been a while since I've done this. I've decided to run a promotion for my award-winning fantasy trilogy, The Silver Web. For a limited time, you can download the entire set for just $4.99. Each novel is available separately, starting with Eolyn for just $0.99. The trilogy has been published across multiple electronic platforms,... Continue Reading →

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