A few words about myself … I live in a small central New England town. I teach in a neighboring, even smaller, town.  I have worked as a full-time news reporter and as a freelance writer, covering government and politics, environmental issues, and nature. After leaving full-time journalism, I spent several years working as a teacher-naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. I gravitated into classroom teaching more or less by accident.

Starting a blog was a spur of the moment decision made after thinking about it for a long time. I liked the idea of starting it on the Winter Solstice, though a day had elapsed by the time I got my first posting done. I liked the idea of writing about something from home, because even though I like going to a lot of different places and doing a lot of different things, they always start here.

Martin Laine