I’m Sheila and welcome to my blog. Here I share the work and experiences that inspire me to live a playful, meaningful, adventurous life: the natural world, lifelong outdoor play, and sustainable living.Family Selfie I’ve always loved words and the power of a good story. I’ve also discovered the older I get the less I  know, so please forgive me if most of my stories are long on questions, short on answers.


DSC02042My wonderful husband! Chief creator and design engineer of our ever expanding vegetable garden. And the talent behind the wildlife photography.


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Our two amazing children launched on their journeys of career and adventure, but always willing to share in family expeditions close to home or far away. These are the precious people who have shaped my stories.

I love all things wild and outdoors. We live on a parcel of land in the beautiful Pacific Northwest next to a forested watershed preserve, sharing our space with a dog and a flock of chickens.



And our wilder neighbors: birds, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, bears, coyotes, bobcats, the occasional cougar.


We try to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can and every year our vegetable garden expands as we attempt to grow most of our own food.

IIMG_1568 love outdoor adventures – hiking, backpacking, kayaking, skiing, cycling, running, traveling to far flung places.


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I’m a kindergarten teacher, environmental educator, play advocate, writer and voice-over artist, inspired by the power of words to teach, give hope, inspire, enlighten, create community, and open up a world of possibility. I’m fascinated by the latest research showing the importance of  play outdoors in promoting health and well-being for people and the planet.


So find a chair, preferably in a patch of sunshine, and enjoy taking a wander through my web-site.

All Things Education are my thoughts and experiences as an educator about teaching, child development and the latest brain research into how we learn, the importance of play, and more.

All Things Wildlife are where you’ll find stories of nature encounters, wildlife, and our adventures in sustainable living.

The Great Outdoors is where you’ll find my adventures playing outside at home and abroad.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited to share this journey with you – the stories, the adventures, the discoveries and of course all the questions.


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