Turkey vultures and peregrine falcons are my favorite birds, each speed demons in their own ways. I love dogs and cats equally well, but find living with cats easier. Winter is not my enemy, but summer is. There are many places I’ve called home, but only one which drew me back after my peregrinations were over. I am: reader, writer, feminist, mother, fighter, Michigander, crafter, designer, speaker to birds, queen of denial, pragmatist, a walking contradiction — a human.