About Me

One of my goals for 2007 was to blog, and so it began. My original intent was to post some of my photos and write about my passion for plants and living things, hence the name: A Passion for Green. However, blogs have a tendency to grow and change and I feel a desire to make my blog a reflection of my whole self. If you read this blog, I hope you will keep this in mind, that I am trying to share my whole self here-personal, social, professional and spiritual. Some days I’ll write about my research topic of sustainability, some days I’ll write about my childhood memories and current decorating scheme. I believe it is important to stay whole, to keep everything in one’s life integrated. It has to ALL make sense, otherwise you are not being true to yourself. I want to celebrate real people, with real, complex lives!

I am currently a 51 year old graduate student, a woman in transition, a mother of a 27 year old son living in Poland, a sister, a friend, one piece in a mid-western American college town.  As for the photo above, yes, it’s a little old now and I do have some gray hair, but it’s the last professional photo that I had taken.  It is from my “teacher-ish” days in Indiana….don’t you love school picture day?!


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    Sherry said,

    Hi!! I found your site by looking for pictures of suburbia. I’m writing a post about city versus country living and could use your picture if you don’t mind. By the way I like the name of your site and the colors. It’s a lot like mine! I see you’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now! Amazing!! I’d love your opinion on my site if you have time and any tips you can give me.

    Thanks for sharing through your blog!!


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    Hi, nice to meet you !

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    Julie said,

    Hi. Found your blog today!
    Enjoyed reading your posts very much… when I should have been getting myself to bed. I share your love of green things and sustainability. For many years I wrote for The Human Ecologist magazine and worked on school IAQ projects.
    I, too, have a Word Press blog:
    And I also have one kid–a son. He’ll be in Spain fall semester if all goes well.

    You could add a subscription wiki or however your spell that to your blog. 😉 Ah, I see I can be notified of new posts clicking below.

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    Ashley said,

    Hello! I am working in the Study Abroad Center at ISU and was hoping I could use one of your VEISHEA pictures for a promotional video. Please let me know if hat would be alright.

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    Jill said,

    Hi there,

    I too am a painter, looking for some inspiration to paint a new pastel, to place in our newly re-decorated kitchen.. I am hoping you are OK with me using the photo of the birches, and your parent’s old home?

    You have an eye for composition. Anticipating a positive repsonse,

    Thankyou very much,


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    Gina said,

    Hi, I was wondering if I could use this image: https://sylvanend.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/new-suburbia.jpg on your site to use on a website I am doing for Central Iowa Realtors site? It would be a great photo that captures Ames housing. Please let me know if that’s possible. Thank you very much.

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      sylvanend said,

      Sure Gina! Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope to upgrade my WordPress, get more space for my photos and start blogging again over Christmas break. Have you seen the building explosion going on in Ames this year? Good luck, Jo. Ann

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