Book Review: How to Make a French Family

When a reader picks up this memoir from a bookstore, they should be given a complementary pair of rose-colored glasses to match the author’s perspective. In How to Make a French Family, Samantha Verant recounts her experience of rekindling young love and becoming part of a blended family as an expatriate in Southwestern France. I … More Book Review: How to Make a French Family

Books About Nature

So far in this blog series we’ve covered how being in nature makes us better humans and how to make time for nature in each and every season. In this post I’ll share where I got my inspiration, as well as books I hope to read in the future and children’s books to inspire the … More Books About Nature

Making Time for Nature

Autumn has commenced, turning the leaves into vibrant shades red, orange, and gold around my home in the Pacific Northwest. I have enjoyed getting out and experiencing the crisp air as rainy season begins, but soon enough the precipitation will encourage many to hibernate from the outside world. In my last post, I shared how … More Making Time for Nature

Not Just a Picnic in the Park – How Being in Nature Makes Us Better Humans

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon’s largest city, with a population of around half a million people (in the 90’s when I was growing up). Though I grew up in the city, I had the advantage of being within two hours of such beauty as awe-inspiring Mount Hood, the glorious Columbia River Gorge, … More Not Just a Picnic in the Park – How Being in Nature Makes Us Better Humans