It’s been an enormous pleasure to meet and get to know many new friends in our community over the past year, such as at Trade Day, Bluegrass, Canning, Bread Class, Craft Night, and on Facebook.

I am your friendly local reporter on this website and in the pages of the Blount Countian, who I thank for their enthusiastic support of Pine Mountain. I enjoy design, photography, music, fruit, vegetables, and bread, hand-making (especially involving wool and linen), writing, learning, and encouraging each of us and our community to shine our vibrant light.

I moved to Pine Mountain in 2013 from San Diego. I never would have guessed that I’d live the South, and yes, it’s been an adjustment. Here in rural Alabama I found a blend of many past loves: the abundance of creeks and rivers and forest that I first appreciated in the Pacific Northwest, the lakes that beg for paddling, the humid warmth I enjoyed in Hawaii — along with plenty of sweater weather, the rich soil inviting me to dig my hands in, and the slower pace that encourages us to truly live.

I live on the west side of Pine Mountain with my husband, dogs, and cat. See About This Website for several ways to get in touch.

Bread Class
Promethea silkworm caterpillar (Callosamia promethea): one of four who, over a few days, munched every leaf off a young Sweet Gum tree next to our deck. Their color is amazing: a bright white and light green body with blue dots, fluorescent magenta protrusions at the head, and fluorescent yellow-green (with face-like markings) at the tail end. Photographed Aug. 22, 2022.
Bread Class
This Common Buckeye moth (Junonia coenia), a favorite of my husband's late aunt, danced among the flowering mint on our deck, inviting our enjoyment of his dazzling design. Photographed Aug. 23, 2022.