So ... How Do You Write a Book?
Below is the story of how Ken wrote Urban Ecology: a Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World. Click here for a short synopsis of the book.
The way I wrote a book was not traditional, but I doubt that is much of a surprise to most.
Wait, did you catch that? I just wrote a book!
This adventure started two years ago when Peter and Jean Storer offered us support for the purpose of writing a book. Without any request from us, they felt that the Urban Ecology Center story needed to be told. What followed was a little bit of luck and some awesome opportunities.
A chance conversation with an old college friend introduced me to Difference Press out of Washington DC.
Never, Ever Give Up
In mid-January, during those grand days of winter when we actually had snow on the ground, I learned the value of taking chances through the determination of an 8th grade girl.
It was a chilly day, but I had discovered the previous week that students cannot wait to be outside, even on the coldest of days.
One student caught my attention as we walked out to the bus. She told me that it was her first trip to the Urban Ecology Center, her first winter in Wisconsin, and how excited she was for her first opportunity to explore snow. Little did she know, her class was about to go cross-country skiing.
False Spring: How Plants React to Unseasonal Warmth
Coming from the perspective of a human (a true biological juggernaut of adaptability), the past couple of weeks have been a real joy. For a few glorious days, I wore a tank top outside at work (in February!) and today I’m walking in a winter wonderland again. While the particular weather pattern we’ve just experienced here in Milwaukee has been a treat for us humans, for the plants around us, trees and shrubs especially, it will prove to be more of a trial.