Join me in celebrating The Urban Bestiary!

My new book, The Urban Bestiary, hits shelves today.  I look forward to seeing its pretty, sky-blue cover tracking its way into the world, and into your hands.  Every one of you has my never-ending gratitude for your support during the writing and release of this book.  Thank you, thank …

Diaries and the Wild Mind: How to Start (or Re-start) a Journal Habit

In common with Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, May Sarton, Anais Nin, Gary Snyder, Katherine Mansfield, Joan Didion, Leonardo da Vinci, St. Therese of Lisieux, and countless other writers, I am a diarist.  I have kept a diary, with more or less regularity, since first grade.  When I …

The Urban Bestiary: My New Book, Coming In September

I am very pleased to announce that my new book, The Urban Bestiary:  Encountering the Everyday Wild, will be published by Little, Brown this fall.  If you read The Tangled Nest you’ve heard bits about it here and there, and if you follow me on Facebook, you’ve seen a glimpse …

It’s Darwin’s Birthday: Celebrate Fiercely

I love Charles Darwin.  I love his sweet, flawed humanity; his affection for his family; his books, his quirky letters, his diaries.  Most of all, I love his innate, constant wonder in the face of the natural world.  Join me in celebrating Darwin’s birthday.  Here are some of my favorite …

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, and Mozart’s Birthday!

January 27th, 2013 is a big anniversary.  Time to celebrate! I plan to rise early and spend a few quiet hours curled up with a copy of Persusion (I’ve read P&P lately, and winter puts me in the mood for Captain Wentworth) while I listen to Mozart’s violin sonatas. Austen is …

The Tribe of Teenager

The other day Tom and I were on our way to pick Claire and her friend up from the local movie theater, where they’d seen “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”  We must have been 30 seconds late, because my phone dinged with a text:  Where r u?!  As we …

On Planners, Productivity, and Idle Pleasures

Happy New Year, everyone!  Here is my first confession of 2013:  I’m a planner geek-nerd-obsessive.  I love the tactile and aesthetic delights of a paper planner, as well as the practical benefits. Opening a new planner on January 1 is something I start looking forward to weeks before the calendar …

Eggs: Fresh and Freshest

In France, farm eggs at the market are stamped with two dates:  “Fresh until,” and “Extra-fresh until…” You can actually request extra-fresh eggs from your fromager/egg-monger! Eggs are extra-fresh until they are about 7 days old, and during this time are best for coddling, poaching, mayonnaise, aioli, mousse, or a …

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland: A beautiful book (and an apology)

Brenda Ueland is the author of If You Want to Write, penned 75 years ago, and one of my most beloved books on the creative process.  Who else will tell us that aimless wandering walking, staring out the window, and “moodling” all count as doing our work?  So I was …

A Faerie Tangle

I’ve been engaged these many months in the research and writing of my new book, The Urban Bestiary (and I am supposed to have the manuscript to my editor next week!–hence my shameful neglect of the Tangled Nest this last month…). I’m finding that immersion in the subject matter of …