About Me

About me (in no particular order): happy beach bum, former director, active world traveller, so-so wife/mother/grandmother, good friend, busy-enough management consultant, funny ENFP, reflective mentor, passionate nature lover, adoptive dog parent, occasional poet, true music fan, pretty good cook, really poor blues (guitar) player, meditative thinker, and a decent leadership coach. And I forgot, I love photography  – trying to get better over time. Based on this narrow but true profile, my blog will probably be…well, multi-faceted.

133 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. We are alike in many ways. I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I tried to play guitar for a while but that just didn’t work. Because every time I started to sing, my hands would stop moving. Obviously, I can’t multitask. Since I loved singing more than playing guitar, I put the guitar down. I love to take pictures, but I am not a professional. I have a “bridge camera”–a point and shoot with a built in zoom lens, and one day I am going to read the instruction manual. 🙂

    1. With your beautiful singing voice, I wouldn’t worry about guitar playing 🙂 I learned to play when I was 10 years old, and then preformed quite a bit, even with groups in my youth…nice memories. Now I have to confess I’m more interested in becoming a better photographer…and writer. And I’ve actually recently read the instruction manuals to both my cameras…it helps 😀 Ps. would love to hear more of your singing, your latest spontaneous recording/mixing was great!

  2. I’m stopping by to check out your blog as time permits. One more week and life will be back to a dull roar. Still more to do than hours in the day but it’s a good thing. I have no grandchildren of my own but borrow any I can. No musical ability whatsoever but enjoy it. Enjoy others photography and writing so looks like I’ve found a great spot. I’ll be back.

  3. You read a lot like me, love and do much the same, love relaxing playing blues on my guitars also, it adds good backing to my videos on the blogs. I love what you do, and your photography is really special. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Hi there Tiny Lessons – I’ve seen you around; I think at Val’s and Nancy’s, but never gotten around to taking a look at your writing. So, er, here I am! Best regards, Hariod.

    1. Happy to see you here, Hariod. My blog has changed quite a bit by time. I used to write more poetry, but now it seems to be more stories around my nature photography. The characters (birds) in my “salt marsh series” are known to most of my regular readers. They are a source of inspiration to me. But I hope my poetry muse will make a few appearances even in the future.

  5. I want to say how much I appreciate the time you take to photograph all the amazing pictures and wonderful words to go with them and to share them with us all. Your posts are such a delight and inspiring and touching and I look forward to each and everyone of them. You are a talent. Your photography skills and story telling is a true art. I think you need your own show on national geographic! Be well Helen and best wishes to all you do! 🙂 Hugs, Koko

    1. Thank you so much, Koko, for your heart-warming words. I have been doing much less photography lately because I took on this huge project for the UN – it is such meaningful work. But in a weeks time, I will have (mostly) completed it, and will get to go out to nature much more. I miss that. I hope your week has been good to you. Hugs to you too, my friend 🙂

      1. I don’t know how you find the time for it all! Your job-job and then keeping track of the osprey family and salt marsh! I’m impressed! Happiness to you always. 🙂

  6. Hi Tiny, did you recently change your banner for the opening page of your blog? Really great “opening shots”! If they were there for a long time, guess I just never looked closely ~!

    1. I am happy I didn’t promise (when I started) that I would keep my blog focused on one or two things – it’s much more fun to fly all over the place 🙂

  7. Read this. Thought of you and your wonderful blog:

    Great blue herons, like angels carved by Giacometti, are common. The edges of Clapps Pond or Great Pond are good places to expect them. Occasionally they stay all winter, and I cannot imagine they have an easy time of it. We get little deep snow, for it melts usually in the salt-laden air between us and the mainland. But the ponds freeze, and the marshes. Green herons are also common; every year a pair nests somewhere along the edge of Little Sister Pond. American egrets come, more often than not in late summer but sometimes earlier. They are a stark white in the intensely green salt marsh at the west end of town. Snowy egrets appear from time to time and prowl the edges of the larger ponds. They hunt with small, silky motions. Their long necks bend a little to the right, a little to the left, while their eyes stare with a mad concentration into the shallow water. Occasionally a little blue heron, an adult bird, appears in the thick waters of summer, which stir fitfully under the spindles of its legs. Very early one morning, in late summer, twelve glossy ibis, flashing dark lights of purple and black, strolled the edges of Blackwater Pond.

    ~ Mary Oliver, from “The Pond” in Upstream: Selected Essays (pp. 41-42). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

    1. They hunt with small, silky motions…only Mary Oliver can paint such a captivating picture of the same birds we have here. I still need a camera 🙂 Thanks for sharing this wonderful passage, David.

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