The most spectacular constellation in the northern winter sky is Orion, the Hunter (named after a god from Greek mythology). By mid-April this constellation is only visible in the western sky for a couple of hours after sunset. No longer the spectacular overhead cluster of stars with its belt and sword, it is making its […]
Ann Linnea is a writer and educator with decades of experience serving the art of dialogue in a fascinating range of settings. Whether guiding a wilderness quest or presenting a workshop to business leaders, Ann embodies the stewardship of wild things which has characterized her life and work. She began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as U.S. Forest Service naturalist in the 1970's. In 1991, Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. In 1992, she became the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak (an 1800-mile journey). Deep Water Passage, A Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, describes her extraordinary physical courage and even more extraordinary spiritual trial and transformation. In 2002 she worked with a local environmental education organization to publish A Journey Through the Maxwelton Watershed. In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair with Christina Baldwin as a legacy contribution to two decades of pioneering circle work. Also published in 2010, is her full color Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America, the result of decades of devotion to making natural history accessible through fascinating stories.
Entries by Ann
Nature is everywhere. My 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter, Sasha Ann, watched her mother carefully remove a bee from the window of their LA apartment using a jar and a piece of paper. Lesson: Bees are good. Don’t hurt them. They belong outdoors. An hour later Sasha, I, and Grandma Nina (the photographer) were playing in a […]
“Where is Tasmania?” asked my Minnesota parents when I Skype called their land line. “It sounds like a fairy land.” It is a fairy land of gorgeous coasts, wild rivers, and high mountains that is an island state of Australia—the last significant […]
In the northern latitudes of North America winter has many faces—from snow and ice to early blooming plants. I have made journeys from one coast to the next and into the middle these last two months. What intrigues me is how many ordinary people are wondering about the changing face of winter in […]
My little corgi dog, Gracie, and I often take a late afternoon walk to the beach. Last week on a cold, rainy winter day we trotted to the top of the community stairs. I was busy unlocking the gate, as we have done hundreds of times. All of a sudden Gracie started barking. I looked […]
This elder is generations old, twisted and gnarled by its journey of adaptation. Steadfast in its determination to live and hold place on this precious earth, it reminds me of my own father. I am just back from my trip to Minnesota to be of support as he fights to recover from a stroke. The […]
On the last day of 2012 I headed out with my backpack to spend a quiet night with the earth to give gratitude for the year past and to set intention for the year coming. Temperatures were slightly above freezing. There was a light drizzle. Darkness fell at 5 p.m. and daylight rose about 7 […]
This Ginkgo tree is in its full fall glory. Imported to the U.S. and other countries from China, it is a species remarkably similar to fossil trees dating back 270 million years. Its kind has survived a very long time through enormous planetary changes. As we witness global climate changes like increasingly severe storms and […]
On one of my favorite island walks today I saw many examples of wind sculpted trees. Roaring down the Straits of Juan de Fuca and across Puget Sound, the wind gains momentum and power and the trees grow with their branches away from the wind for protection. All living things respond to the forces of […]
When we look at Mt. St. Helens, we see the mountain and remember the 1980 explosion. But do we think about how incredibly remarkable it is that the forests have returned? Nature is ever and always resilient.