Dealing with FOMO: How I Am Planning for Wild Wonder 2020

The Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference starts on Wednesday. I’m both excited and apprehensive. While in some ways it’s easier to attend a virtual conference than a live one, I’m still afraid of missing anything. Five full days of content is a lot to digest at once. Yes, it will be recorded. But I know me. A recording I can watch any time I may never watch at all.

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What My Birding Mistakes Have Taught Me About Racism

When it comes to birding, I constantly make mistakes. I think I know what is true, but I don’t. I discover my errors by taking the time to learn what is real for myself. My observations often challenge my assumptions and have recently taught me an important lesson about racism.

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Change Starts With Kindness

It feels like the whole world is on fire. So many difficult and horrible things are happening right now and there is no end in sight. But the disruption from COVID-19 isn’t just an obstacle. It’s also an opportunity to examine our old ways and imagine new ones. How do we start?

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Speak Up and Do Better

I’ve spent the last two weeks struggling to write this blog post. My dilemma: Should I post about the Black Lives Matter movement? I don’t normally talk about human rights. I’m a well-to-do white woman who hasn’t had to face the violence and discrimination a black American does. And I’m far behind the rest of the crowd in even broaching this topic. What can I possibly have to say?

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A Waste of Time or a Lesson?

Wasting time comes in many guises. There’s time spent on “frivolous” activities like watching TV or playing games on your phone. There’s time spent on projects that don’t go as planned or have unexpected results (lace shawl I can’t seem to knit, I’m looking at you). There’s time spent mucking about when you are trying to create something new that results in nothing but a stack of awful sketches or pages of writing that you can’t actually use.

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