One Canary Sings – And Writes!

Funny how things happen sometimes. At Wildbranch, a 5-day writing workshop for environmental writers sponsored by Orion magazine, as I returned from a workshop about electronic media publication, I found a Facebook message from Amanda Sears, Associate Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center. She had seen the photograph that I had “shared” from Orion‘s Facebook page… me wearing my…

Little Lead Hens

Soil isn’t generally the first thing people think about when they get chickens, but one day, as I was envisioning our future gardens, it dawned on me that now that we had finally convinced the bank to buy us a house, now that I could finally keep a backyard flock, there might be one more thing that could come between me and my dream of fresh organic eggs: Lead.

A Reading from “The Butterfly Effect”

Here I am at the legendary New York literary hangout, the KGB Bar, reading excerpts from my essay, “The Butterfly Effect,” which interweaves the parallel stories of the declining monarch numbers and my challenges traveling–with multiple chemical sensitivity–to see them. The essay won the $1000 Robert Fragasso Animal Advocate Award for the Best Creative Nonfiction Essay About Animals, and was…

A Canary in New York

Since this blog is called “One Canary Sings,” I’ve decided I need to blog more actively about this canary’s ongoing efforts to sing, sing, SING about health and the environment. And a lot has been going on since last I submitted a report from the mines. First, I found out that my essay, “The Butterfly Effect,” which intertwines the parallel…

Big Talk Interview about One Canary Sings

In April, 2010, after my book in progress won honorable mention in the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Maine Literary Awards, Suzanne Murphy invited me to join her and Dr. Caroline Teschke for an interview on Big Talk, their acclaimed WMPG radio talk show. Here is that interview: [audio:|titles=Big Talk]