About this blog

Sand Creek Almanac was born in the middle of a Minnesota winter in 2005. At that time, historical numbers of great gray owls were being seen far south of their usual winter range. I think they were sent to me as messengers, telling me to start writing and sharing my observations with the world. Indeed, many of the original posts were about the numbers of owls I was seeing. By the time spring came, I was finding I had a lot to say about more than just owls, and I was having a lot of fun saying it.

Sand Creek Almanac is about my world, which is centered in east central Minnesota on 40 acres of white pines and alder swamp, with a creek running through it. Living in such a natural environment, much of what I write and photograph is nature-oriented. But my life is an ongoing adventure with my husband and three kids, and in these pages I have documented the building of our house, my attempts at gardening in the Coldest Spot in Minnesota, my kids' achievements, and whatever else moves me to write. I try to avoid controversy and politics, but once in a while I can't help it. I also stay away from doom and gloom environmentalism; there are plenty other bloggers out there who have it covered.

One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the interactive nature of it. I enjoy reading comments and commenting on other blogs. So if you have something you'd like to share, feel free to join the conversation! I do try to respond to all comments, but sometimes life gets busy and I don't get around to it, so don't feel offended if I don't respond--your comments are always appreciated!