I am a fellow Wisconsin native and this book has gotten me excited to plan (already planning) some summer road trips to several of the areas that Amy Lou Jenkins shares about. I was also reminded of some of my own memories ranging from a couple State Parks to the neat ice caves at Lake Superior. Amy Lou Jenkins has a great way of writing that captures stories and memories but intertwines them with Wisconsin history.
I truly am in awe of God's creation and his handy work. Amy Lou Jenkins reminds us how we have taken advantage of our natural resources and never seem to connect with nature. I know I have had several walks where I have been able to praise God and pray and I feel closer and closer to HIM. We do have dominion over our resources as God tells us in his book but Amy reminds us in her book too.
I truly adored the fact that she created these trips and memories with her son. I know one day her son will cherish the memories and this book and I think one day he will carry on some traditions with his own family. I hope to create some similar memories.
As Amy writes she shares stories that create laughs and many connections and ideas for memories I would like to create with my children. For example stopping the car and enjoying the view of a Bald Eagle or any animal that might be on the endangered species list. As a parent we need to be the example for our children so if we appreciate and enjoy nature then hopefully our childre n will too. Don't let society keep telling you to speed up and go go go, slow down enjoy the view and spend good quality time with your children!
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Amy Lou holds a BSN in Nursing and Professional Communication and an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bennington College. She teaches as a university adjunct and at writing retreats, conferences and workshops. Her environmental and nature writing has been honored by, The Florida Review Editors Award in Nonfiction, Literal Latte Essay Awards, Flint Hills Review Nonfiction Award, X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction, and twice by the Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award. Her nonfiction has also won first place in the Jade Ring Award for Essay Writing, Wisconsin Regional Writing Award in Essay, Memoir, and Travel Writing. She is the recipient of a Mesa Refuge writing fellowship for environmental writing.
Her work has appeared in multiple magazines, newspapers, and anthologies including Wisconsin Academy Review, Flint Hills Review, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shepherds Express, Florida Review, Inkpot, Earth Island Journal, Grit, Generations, Rosebud, Big Apple Parent, MetroParent, Washington Families, Chicken Soup, Cup of Comfort books, Women on Writing, The Maternal is Political, and the summer 2010 release Wild with child. Jenkins writes a quarterly book review column for the Sierra Club’s Muir View and maintains a personal website at www.AmyLouJenkins.com and a writing site at www.Anthologiesonline.com. She’s read her essays on Wisconsin and Alaska public radio and been a radio guest on dozens of shows. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and two spoiled dogs.