Ghost Writing, Blog Writing, and Proofreading Services Available Samples of work included below
Freelance Copywriter, Proofreader, Author
Clip from Earth Island Journal - August 2018. “Of Earth, Wind, and Birds”. “At the end of a third day of seemingly ceaseless high winds in the portion of western Colorado that I live in, I watched a tired and subdued Steller’s jay trying to take a little shelter from the seemingly unending spring tempest. A normally energetic species, this fellow had plainly had enough. This bird is common to Colorado, but not at lower elevations nor in the sere adobe hills of my neighborhood. The mature, if non-native, trees here often provide an artificial bird oasis. My yard had plainly appealed to this fellow as a welcome respite. As I watched his listless attempts to forage on the lawn, and slightly more animated attempts to avoid the irritated doves nesting in the willows nearby, I pondered his situation from the protected stillness of my living room. I recalled a light-hearted but compelling article from Forbes in autumn of 2017 entitled “Where do birds go in a hurricane” by a writer identified only a “GrrlScientist”. I was captivated by the photo of a wounded hawk, named Harvey by the driver of the taxi in which he was seeking shelter during Hurricane Harvey. An interesting question, and one I felt had greater implications for bird populations in general. I didn’t truly consider it further until the exhausted jay reminded me.” http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/of-earth-wind-and-birds
Clip from Earth Island Journal, November 2018. “Losing Quiet Spaces” “Weeds are unwanted plants. However, one person’s weed might be another’s foraged salad delicacy. So it is with sound. Unwanted sound is noise, and as one writer with the Los Angeles Times stated, “It’s a noisy planet.” Sure, some sounds that are noise to one person are music to another. But in general, there is plenty of research now underway to support this sweeping statement. And all this noise is taking a toll on humans and wildlife alike, even in places where you might not expect it.” http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/losing-quiet-spaces
Clip from article for Simply Pets- August 2018 “Can love be reduced to a single molecule? Of course not. But it can be helped along by a very important hormone shared by humans, dogs, cats, horses, goats, and even parakeets. This brain altering chemical is known as oxytocin. It makes pair bonding, mothering, and cooperative and altruistic social behavior possible. Why heck, some argue that it is this chemical that makes domestication and even civilization possible. Volumes are currently in print about oxytocin’s effects on human to human interactions and they make for fascinating reading. But for pet lovers, and those loved by their pets, there are some effects of oxytocin that explain a lot about why our animals worm their way into our hearts”.
Clip from blog for Mother Earth News -2016 In the summer of 2000, my new farm in Colorado was refurbished, restored, and otherwise brought back into working order. Before buying expensive Dexter cattle, I wanted a little more cow knowledge. I saw an ad in a local penny-wise type of circular advertising a very young Gelbvieh steer for sale for a mere $200. A bargain! The down side was he still needed to be bottle fed and had a bad hip. Also, since we had only horses at the time, who would be a companion to the little guy? Another ad in the same paper advertised free Nubian baby goats, also needing to be bottle fed. Well, if you’re warming up formula for one animal, why not for more, I reasoned. They can hopefully keep the steer a bit of company. So about a week later, a steer and two black and white baby goats (twin brother and sister) came to our place. Sadly, the steer did not make it, but the baby goats did. Even though I was sad about the little steer, the baby goats made the whole adventure worth it. From the minute I saw them in their nursery box jump up on their hind legs to greet a perfect stranger, with those long ears flying about, I was hooked. I have never looked back on those days when an unexpected goat herd decidedly grew and grew and other livestock went by the wayside. But as I grew more involved in breeding a question arose that faces all breeders of dairy animals…what to do with the males? https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/goat-packing-as-a-use-for- male-goats-zbcz1601
Clip from my niche food and travel blog “Goat Goodness” on goats and goat cheeses of the world - 2018 Please note that the first part of each post concerns a breed of goat somewhere in the world, and the second part a product made from the milk of those goats.
Goat of the Week – The Baladi
“Boutros Bou Maroun leads his goats out to graze outside of his village of Saghbine in Lebanon. Just look at those gorgeous coats! Just like I do, this fellow walks his goats every day. Goat raising and cheese making in Lebanon is a multi-million dollar industry, with several regions having their own distinct goat breeds and their own local cheese varieties. This breed is known for their bulldog faces, which I think are hideous but are highly prized by the locals. What I love are the ears! Bernadette from the ProjectNoah says ““The goats are released in the early morning and allowed to roam the neighborhood/village streets until late afternoon when they return – sometimes called, sometimes rounded up, but often on their own – to their owner’s gate. Many Bedouin take their goat herds to the mountains in the spring where they can graze on fresh green herbs. Or they collect the fresh herbs and deliver it to the goats. Otherwise, the goats eat scraps – and trash. As our town, and the region in general, continues to develop, their more natural habitat is lost”. To view this and other posts for that blog, go to: https://wordpress.com/view/goatgoodness.com
Clip from ‘Zoodulcis: Our Fascination With Animals’ - 2017 “In biology, scholars who are involved in the classification of plants and animals (called taxonomy) are often informally categorized by their decision making strategies. Some are called ‘lumpers’, others labeled as ‘splitters.’ Folks likely to favor assignment of subspecies status to a bird population because they exhibit a slightly different call than their fellows 200 miles away would be considered splitters. Other researchers might consider the qualities of the song to be an irrelevant dialect, just an interesting colloquial rendition of the old tune. They would insist that no warrant for division exists. These folks would, of course, be the lumpers. When considering my own tendency in the writing of this book, I have determined myself to be a splitter. Rather than humans sharing an innate tendency to be attracted to all nature in general, to all animals in general, I wish to divide this tendency into separate parts. I believe that there is much support for this splitting and that humans have a predisposition to orient themselves visually, physically, cognitively, and psychologically toward certain types of natural environments and certain types of animals.”