Location: Boston area
Day job: Publishing
Family: husband, Chris, three cats (Stevie, Winston, & Spooky), and a little boy named Anderson
Hobbies: gardening, painting, hiking, camping, reading, photography
Official description: animal loving pescetarian
I love to have my hands in the dirt. Contemporary folk music is what you see most in my iTunes library. I like drinking coffee from pretty mugs. My most important job is a mom, but I try hard to carve out time for my creative outlets. My husband still amazes me after many years together. I get stressed easily. I cook at home as much as I can. I aspire to own my own vegetable farm someday and darnit, I will do it.
I grew up in Upstate New York on 14 acres in the middle of nowhere. Nature was a huge part of my life. Other kids had real neighbors and we had deer, turkeys, rabbits, birds, squirrels, and all sorts of wildlife as fellow members of our neighborhood. My AMAZING parents were gardening junkies and every year our garden grew dramatically, incorporating crazy kinds of squash, potatoes, string beans, lettuce (not just one kind, but every kind known to man), herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and everything you could think of that grows in Zone 5. My father can attribute his love of gardening to my grandfather. I attribute my love of gardening to my parents. I, too, have the gardening junkie gene.
It was evident that I’d always have a soft spot for animals as a child when I became obsessed with a book called The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader (first published in 1949), which tells the story of animals surviving winter. I worried and cried about how deer would find food and wondered where the bunnies went to sleep at night. Fast forward to three years ago when I decided I couldn’t possibly EAT these furry creatures that I love so much. I swore off eating any four legged animals or poultry.
I am not perfect. I do what I can. I use Method dish soap and don’t buy leather, but I falter like any human being. I just want life to be beautiful and I want to create a healthy, compassionate, green world for my son.