My Wild Backyard

Raleigh is nicknamed the 'City of Oaks' after the abundance of oak trees in the city. Of course, there are plenty of ash, walnut, maple, and pine trees that line the city streets and stand as mini-forests between buildings. The beautiful trees have the power to make someone forget they live in one of the [...]

Hints of a Fall Scene

The Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is scene and I found this giant mushroom on my morning walk. Add Athena's photo-bomb and these two images are the perfect response to this week's challenge by themselves, but the writer in me can't be satisfied with just a simple photo. So, I decided to include a short, [...]

Three Wooden Chairs

Three Wooden Chairs On the shore of a pond, nestled beneath a tree, hidden from the rush of town there stand three wooden chairs, overlooking the woods and the placid water's surface. Some days, shrouded in fog others, illuminated by sun. Each fall, buried in orange, yellow, and red. But, the most welcoming sight is [...]

Lessons From Bob Series

Michelle and I recently started volunteering for CORRAL Riding Academy. CORRAL uses horses to help middle and high school girls overcome the trauma in their lives using a technique known as equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAPT). During EAPT a girl will work with a horse using techniques derived from Natural Horsemanship and an equine specialist (i.e. a [...]

The Bark Beneath My Palm

Life has been feeling a little hectic lately and, Michelle and I have not had much time for camping, hiking, or our other typical adventure activities. This disconnection from nature has made Jan. - Feb. a challenging time for me, but luckily I have writing as an emotional escape. This poem was born on a [...]

Snow Day, Not on the Farm

North Carolina was brought to a screeching halt this week as 12 inches of snow blanketed some regions of the state (yes, 12 inches!). Surprisingly, this snowfall didn't even come close to reaching NC's largest snowstorm that dumped 20 inches on Raleigh in 2000. But, as any North Carolinian will tell you, any amount of [...]