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A Newsletter from Whoop Jenny! 

January 16, 2021

Field notes: West Texas canyons, trails, and birds

My approach to 2021 so far is to escape with a good book and a good walk in the park: 

Texas’ canyons are sufficient to peg my personal adventure meter, but others seek trails that are more remote and challenging. Check out this article (written by Sarah Keller, who is married to my nephew) about Colorado’s Black Canyon.  

My friend Sheryl gave me a Hiking Field Book for my birthday last year.  I started using it on January 1 and it’s already filled in. Field Books are an important tool in my creative process. I like what Trent Hamm, a financial writer from Des Moines, has to say about them.

The post about My Favorite Obits in 2020 hit a chord with some of my readers. One reader, who works for a rural newspaper, told me about the heartwrenching task of writing obits in the time of COVID, infant deaths, and the passing of people who represent the last of an era. Another reader sent me the obituary for Sally Wasowski, a notable Texas Naturalist.  I took heart that she struggled with first drafts.  


For a soothing moment, check out these Bird Cam highlights from the Texas snowstorm, courtesy of Cornell Labs.


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