Wendy Johnson (“Jason’s Mom”) served as a reporter, editor and publisher for the Pine Journal (Minnesota) and its predecessors for 21 years. Johnson, a 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, an accomplished writer, photographer, nature enthusiast and a “rugged outdoor Mom.” Wendy has an infectious love for wilderness, animals, people, travel, woodsmoke and quiet places. We are thrilled to be able to feature some of her past and present entries from her popular “In Our Own Backyard” column.
Meanwhile, In Our Own Backyard… (entries)
“A Whiter Shade of Pale” Any child of the ’60s will likely remember the soulful sounds of Procol Harem singing “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” It seems to me that would be an apt description of this time of winter. Somehow the excitement and sparkle of that first “Christmas snow” has given way to day upon day of leaden skies, gray clouds and monotonous, silvery whiteness. January, February and March are exactly what drives a lucky few to go south for the winter – and the rest of us into a raging case of Cabin Fever! …. read more