Essays

These essays are short stories that I have written at different times in my life. Since they are essays/short stories I have made them webpages for the reader's convenience. You can use the menu above or on the right side to navigate to the essay or just click on the title.

First Wildness - This essay briefly and romantically describes my first real experience with wildlife. Forgive me if I gush :-)

The River - I wrote this piece in 1998 when I was working as a wildlife biologist at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. It was my first job with the Service and while the writing may not be lyrical, as an account of a day in the life of a biologist, I think you will enjoy it.

'Caught!' is based on an experience I had while I was a biologist at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Ohio. The summer mornings were often hot and muggy, perfect weather for hungry mosquitoes to swarm with abandon. Still, my work had to be done. It was mornings like this that I knew I had the greatest job in the world.

'Eagle Nest' is about a family of eagles who lost their home (nest) during a tornado. I wrote this piece while I was a biologist at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. I have incorporated an abbreviated portion of it into “Deadly Secrets”. I will never tire of telling the stories of that wonderful refuge!

 A Morning on the Marsh This essay was written while I was a biologist at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. I always enjoyed getting out in the marsh alone. The experiences were rich. This is one of the real life instances that I share with Angela in Deadly Secrets. A little bit of reality goes a long way in fiction.

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