Like most years, the past year has brought joy and sadness for me. A highlight was my trip to Germany in July after an absence of three years. I even visited some attractions I had never seen before.
I published my novel “Oktober Heat” in German and was interviewed by my hometown newspaper, “Die Rheinpfalz,” during my visit. Work on my next photo book consumed much of my time during the fall.
While I have been giving presentations for years, the past year brought my first three elementary school visits. What a wonderful opportunity to share my love of nature!
But I also mourned the losses of several dear friends. We had begun working on my new book when my designer/editor died suddenly. Not long afterward I learned of the death of a long-time member (almost 50 years!) of my Toastmasters club. John had been a wonderful mentor and friend as well as a passionate speaker. I am certain that his influence will be felt for a long time. His passing also means that I am now the longest-standing member of my club with a mere nine years.
Spring will not only bring daffodils and trilliums, but also the release of my new book “Common Backyard Birds.”
I am busy booking presentations in the Pittsburgh area to complement my book.
I hope that the new year will bring new opportunities and challenges, as well as moments of reflection and connections with nature.
May your new year be happy, healthy, and filled with purpose!