Most of my childhood was spent outdoors, playing in the majestic woods, rivers, streams and the hundreds of miles of trails that makeup the great lakes state of Michigan. Each day was a new adventure that held unexplored terrain and lively new creatures. It was during this time that I came to appreciate all the things that nature did for me. Not only did it serve as my playground, my recreation, but it also provided my favorite foods – like sweet summer cherries - clean water and fresh air. Nature helped to nourish me.
My appreciation for the environment deepened through the years and peaked with the anticipation of the birth of my first child. Imagining that he would get to explore the world and make his own stories using nature as his canvas was euphoric. Ironically, it was around the same time that my position at a nuclear plant in the Pacific Northwest opened my eyes to the part that nuclear plays in keeping that canvas clean.