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My art column for Moonshine Ink this month covers the wellness benefits of art. Some local workshops are tuning into this special connection that art brings us, and I’ve had fun researching this by taking a few workshops (watercolor, drawing, collage) that feel a lot like therapy! Read my art column here.

My essay “Lost on Migration?” is out in the book Tahoe Blues, published this June by Bona Fide Books. I’m very proud of its inclusion in this collection, which I also copyedited and proofread before it hit the press. It’s such a treat to get an early read on Bona Fide’s material, to help shape it into book form. The essay is of a personal nature, about my migration from Georgia to California. It’s about fitting in, being different, feeling at home. I talk about brown thrashers in California, and the lone wolverine who’s made a home here. I think animals make such interesting parallels for our lives. I just bought the book Califauna and can’t wait to read more about regional animals and our connection to them.

A big thanks to Will Richardson of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the “biologist friend” in my essay who discussed animals and migration with me as I was writing this essay. Will is a valuable resource in our community. Just the other day, he pulled out his telescopic lens after an ultimate game in Truckee so we could view this red-tail hawk. I snapped this photo through the lens with my iPhone.

Read my piece “A Winter in Avalanche Country” in this month’s Moonshine Ink. It’s been a long time since I’ve done some real reporting, and this story had me in offices and on the phone with retailers, avalanche experts, and mountain guides digging up some cool statistics about this winter in Tahoe and the rising popularity of backcountry skiing. You can also scope out my Top 12 Avalanche Safety Tips from my recent AIARE Level 1 course on Tahoe Mountain Sports’ blog.