In 2011, we set a goal to try and make a difference with the daily choices everybody faces in life: what to eat, where to work, what to buy, even what kind of home to live in! Now we live at the Historic Johnson Farm on Kessler Mountain in an off-grid tiny house on wheels built by Backcountry Tiny Homes. In partnership with the land owner, the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, and many other organizations, we work to protect the farm for ecological conservation and historic preservation. How? Bunches of projects! To name a few: we monitor the farm's nesting bird boxes, pick up litter, and help with the farm's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places (the 1933 barn was listed in 1991).
We created a Ripples blog, newspaper column, and Facebook page to share what we do and hope it helps someone make a difference in whatever way they find meaningful. This website is run with solar panels through AISO and provides free informational resources (books, links, and more) to those who want to make a difference for both people and planet across a variety of good causes. It's a lifelong work in progress and we update it regularly.
I'm a writer, artist and naturalist, and I love my work! I draw pet portraits, illustrate children's books, design greeting cards, and write non-fiction (various topics) for magazines and newspapers. My favorite hobby is watching wildlife, and I'm frequently out in the woods or walking country roads connecting with nature or participating in citizen science projects like NestWatch and FrogWatch. I love reading books, cuddling my black cat Solo and my husband Ryan, who has been my amazing life partner for over 10 years! We also enjoy traveling when we get the chance, and are lifelong learners. I'm a Unitarian Universalist (it's worth a Google if you don't know what that is) which helps me keep my life principle-centered and has complemented our Ripples journey.
I enjoy video games, learning about all aspects of web, network, and server technology, creating and thrilling in music (guitar's my jam), and long walks exploring areas near and far, especially if they are elevated. I split my time between managing this site; pondering the power, and ways to improve the process, of cooperation while being the Network Administrator at Ozark Natural Foods; chatting, walking, or snuggling with my lovely partner; and challenging myself to embrace the beauty and serenity in every moment, especially the challenging ones.
We're grateful to those who have helped us along the way:
- Len White
- Backcountry Tiny Homes
- Historic Johnson Farm and its owners, Anne Prichard and Tim Dallett
- Northwest Arkansas Land Trust
- Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
- Beaver Water District
- Beaver Watershed Alliance
- Shiloh Museum
- Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists
- OMNI Center
- and the countless carpools, volunteers, site visit hosts, families interviewed, and support from friends and family!