I am a writer and lifelong learner driven by curiosity, a love of words, and an affinity for forest bathing. I write to share what I’m learning and to inspire others to find their path. Here’s a link to my portfolio if you’d like to see a sampling of my published work.
Once upon a time I was a 9th grade English teacher, but over the years I’ve gradually shifted and expanded my professional interest from classroom teaching to writing. I moved to independent work as I began a family and homeschooled my children. We learned more than basic numeracy and literacy skills: we explored the world and researched our interests. In looking through my notebooks from those years, I see the rediscovery of my writing identity. Far from the classroom podium, I learned, taught, and wrote in fields, gardens, kitchens, art studios, and libraries. I offered support to other homeschooling families, both through my writing as well as through classes and consultation sessions.
I came out of the experience with a new love of science and the natural world, something that I remain passionate about. I see writing as a means of self-expression and a tool for spreading ideas and inspiring others.
In graduate school, I sharpened my writing craft and fell in love with editing. From the macro to the micro, I enjoy the variety of skills employed in writing and editing work. I happily alternate between creative, right brain work and analytical left brain work.
I’m currently teaching community college students and planning a possible return to my community nature journal, The Friendly Naturalist. Go take a look!
I take to heart the advice of the Sufi poet Rumi:
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
~ Ivy Rutledge