My three crazy guys (ages 13, 16, and 48). Authenticity. Salt marsh mud. Extremes. Family dinners. Adventure. Storytime. Running trails. Learning. Words. Gardening. North Carolina. Soup night. Connections. Directness. Weather. Seasons. Physical labor. Edges. Salamanders. Community. Exploring. Camping. The Big Picture. Respect. Discovery. Local food. Endurance. Crabbing. People who make me laugh. Trees. Fair play. Precipices. Coffee. Quilts. Pushing boundaries. Stories. Teaching. Integrity. Traversing the landscape. Teamwork. Cooking. Silly shenanigans. Rhyming. Hugs. Forest ecology. Sewing. Field work. Wildflowers. Deep friendships. Quiet time. Writing. And cookies.