I am a retired teacher of English, history, biology, and environmental science and have taught just about every level between third grade and college senior courses. I have an M.A. in creative writing, from the University of Illinois. My picture is about 10 years old, as I have nothing more recent, but that is how I looked when I first retired and worked on finishing my books. Over decades I spent a lot of my free time learning about and trying to preserve natural areas, and some of my best memories are from the days when I was learning to identify plants and birds and butterflies. These days as a retiree I devote a lot of my time to playing several musical instruments and to enjoying my pets and my garden.
This tale is told by an elderly squirrel to a young one. It is the sometimes funny story of how a brave and heroic ancestor, Squirrel Girl, tried to keep America's ancient forests safe for the animals, when settlers wanted them for farms and towns. Squirrel Girl got the animals to cooperate and form an army of troublemakers to drive men away, and in the process the animals learned how to survive.