Snow Inspires Florida Writer

I woke to a fairyland of snow-covered trees and lawn on a day when I thought I would be waking up to the marsh and swampland of the Everglades. I’d planned a writer’s retreat while my husband attended a conference in Reno. We began by spending a week with my daughter and her boyfriend inContinue reading “Snow Inspires Florida Writer”

Coffee and a Chat

Good morning, I’ve been busy these days. The yard and garden work is nearly finished for the season. We’re eating cabbage, potatoes, and brussel sprouts from the garden but the rest of the yard is covered in snow. I have flower pots scattered around the yard needing attention. And the bird feeders need washing andContinue reading “Coffee and a Chat”

#BLACKFISH

© Rolf Hicker Photography: free photos by Rolf Hicker I watched the movie Blackfish on CNN the other night, and my eyes filled with tears as I watched the story of the Orca or killer whales in captivity and in the wild.  Orcas are the largest animal in the dolphin family. They swim freely in theContinue reading “#BLACKFISH”

Oh Deer!

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Three fawns appeared in our backyard recently. On the first morning, a doe led the fawns to the willow tree. They laid down, but the doe disappeared. For the next three mornings, when we woke up and looked out the kitchen window, the fawns were under the tree, but with noContinue reading “Oh Deer!”

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Endangered Species Day is May 17. Forty years ago, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) became reality. Ever since, state and federal wildlife agencies have worked together to ensure no wildlife ever goes extinct. But there’s more to the ESA than most people know. Those dedicated folks who tend to our endangeredContinue reading “Celebrate Endangered Species Day”

Who’s Accountable for the Environment #grnrev

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I celebrated Earth Day this year by promoting y my environmentally themed book, Trails in the Sand, and guest posting on other blogs essays about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some reviewers thanked me for reminding them about the oil spill, but one reviewer wrote that she lived through it andContinue reading “Who’s Accountable for the Environment #grnrev”

Where Have All the Bees Gone?

By Patricia Zick @PCZick “Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation. He has sought to insulate himself in his cities of steel and concrete, away from the realities of earth, water, the growing seed. And intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going fartherContinue reading “Where Have All the Bees Gone?”

One Wild and Wacky Job

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I hesitated to fill out an application for days after I saw the advertisement for a public relations director with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The ideal candidate’s qualifications could have been pilfered from my resume. Yet still I hesitated before I applied. Did I really want toContinue reading “One Wild and Wacky Job”