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Here you’ll find the posts where I talk more about the nuts and bolts of keeping a field journal or just the organizational details of what I’m doing. What you choose to track and record is completely up to you.

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Field Notes to Field Journal – part one

Field Notes to Field Journal – part one

Now that we have a few trips under our belt in this area, the process of keeping a field journal is starting to take shape for me. Since most of the trips have been short jaunts, I've not taken many field notes, but rather, type them out on my ipad as soon as possible after arriving back home. I'm … Read more...

Phenology notes reconnect you with nature

Phenology notes reconnect you with nature

It's the depths of winter and here in the Colorado mountains, spring is still months away - May is when things make their big shift here - but that doesn't mean I don't look for signs of spring now. They are here (ravens are pairing up and the black capped chickadees are singing their spring song on … Read more...

Shining Hearth and Home

Shining Hearth and Home

In keeping a guiding word close to my heart for the year, it shows itself in ways not always expected, but when recognized, helps to deepen what it brings. I tend to do a lot of reflective writing like this. So here's the first entry for my 2014 journal. Photos were printed on my selphy and cut out … Read more...

Writing Solution for the iPad to Windows (AKA Heaven)

Writing Solution for the iPad to Windows (AKA Heaven)

Right now as I work on this post, I'm looking out the window, watching the trees sway in the wind. I'm letting my thoughts flow through my fingers - hardly even looking at the screen. It feels luxurious sitting on the floor in a slice of sunshine that only comes in like this in the depths of winter … Read more...

Taking the back way – a birding report

A slice of open water on Lake Dillon 22 Dec 2013

Anymore we travel through Colorado 'the back way' - avoiding the mess of the Front Range completely except for the stretch through the Breckenridge and Summit County. That means we go through the Parks - South Park, Middle Park and North Park. We see much more wildlife and it's just … Read more...

Are you taking a photo or capturing a memory?

Are you taking a photo or capturing a memory?

  A photographer friend of mine shared a link on Facebook that caught my eye: Taking Photographs Weakens Memories Take a minute to read through it...I'll wait. Is this one of the last nails in the coffin of scrapbooking? Hardly. In going through the photos found in some of the … Read more...

7 Inspirational Sites for Documenting Life

7 Inspirational Sites for Documenting Life

Our hardwood floors are in the process of being refinished and the past few days has found me hiding from the dust and the odors up here in my completely disheveled craft room that's partially packed in boxes. This pause in the mess of moving has given me the opportunity to work more on the … Read more...

My Guiding Word for 2014

My Guiding Word for 2014

In late 2006, I gave up on making resolutions. After looking back on two years of scrapbooking layouts stating my resolutions that never made it past that layout, I had to find a new approach. I found one small action - just two words - to guide me through 2007: Do Better. That's all I asked … Read more...

Field Notes to Journal Pages

Field Notes to Journal Pages

On our trip up to Cody, I decided to use that trip as practice for all the trips and side jaunts we hope to take once Mike is retired and we land in Cody Country. I am blessed to be able to write and read in the car even on windy mountain roads without getting carsick. This helps immensely, though … Read more...

Time or Topic – 2 ways to organize

Time or Topic – 2 ways to organize

This summer, I read an article by John McPhee in the New Yorker magazine about how he organizes his information to write the amazing non-fiction books he writes. He talked about writing from a timeline or by topic, and how when he switched to topic for some of his stories, everything fell neatly … Read more...

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