My life experiences, natural gifts and knowledge inspired the writing of this book. The ups and downs, and personal losses led me to seek and learn more of what I could do to make my life a more joyous, prosperous and contributing life. I have lived my entire life in rural Western New York state. I have five older brothers and sisters . We have all suffered the loss of two amazing , loving, warm and compassionate people, we were blessed to call Mom and Dad. I was taught by these beautiful souls to love and to love deeply, appreciate nature, and all of its denizens. Moms love of nature is what led me to writing. When she became unable to walk and enjoy the outdoors, I learned to drink in every detail I was experiencing when i was out doing barn chores, cutting wood or some other outside venture. I took note of all the things I felt she would enjoy and came in at the end of the day sharing with Mom every detail of my encounters so she felt like she was there with me. This taught me to be able to place the reader of the book right alongside of me. Thank you, Mom and Dad, I love you with all my heart and soul and I miss you each day.