A collection of four and five star recipes and the stories and photos that make them richer, sweeter, and more flavorful from the Russian countryside to the Alaskan riverside.
My life stopovers have been many and varied; From Indiana (birth) to New Mexico (upbringing) to Texas (Russian language major) to Virginia (high school Science teacher) to Nebraska (Marketing Coordinator) to Alaska (National Wildlife Refuge Educator) to Minnesota (Co-Executive Director of a Residential Environmental Learning Center) and now to an early retirement beside the lake.
The journey has been filled with amazing experiences; photographing thousands of miles from a bush plane in Alaska, teaching beside Native elders, touching gray whales, dog sledding and sea kayaking expeditions. This mix of education and experience forms the base of my “Traveling Naturalist” programs and my writing. When asked how I came to have such amazing experiences I replied that, “I have tried to say 'yes' to new opportunities whenever they arose”.
In choosing to be self-employed, I am highly tuned to new opportunities to share time with my family of friends, to learn, to travel, to story build and to help dilute the impact of canine cancers. To that end, any profits from my pawings will add to my contributions to the National Canine Cancer Foundation and Red Rover in their amazing work.