This site is a journey into the world of nature and wonder via prose, poetry, photographs, magic, musings and sounds.
“You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream.” ~ CS Lewis
About the Author:
Patricia has spent her lifetime being surrounded by and studying the beauty and complexity of the natural world. She grew up on a farm in North Idaho and after graduation from the University of Idaho, along with her husband Michael, moved to rural Alaska in the late 60′s and lived an adventuring life: teaching and living in the Bush, homesteading off-grid, and raising a kennel of racing sled dogs.
Well over a decade later, they returned to northern Idaho and renewed their love of the Pacific Northwest, living and gardening with Patricia’s parents before finding their own little cottage in town.
The DeMarco’s raised copious amounts of food on their city homestead, an educational showpiece for the community. They also maintained a small herbal business: Full Circle Botanicals. Patricia found time to teach in private alternative schools and to run summer programs whose curriculums were Waldorf and natured-inspired. Her last employment was with the East Bonner County Library, serving for over a decade as a youth librarian. Moving to Hawaii after retirement, they lived on the Puna or jungle side of the Big Island, enjoying the wealth of cultures, the fruits, tropical plants and scenery. Now they call Sequim, WA, on the Olympic Peninsula, home.
In addition, she has also received training in crisis intervention, nursing assistance, hospice, herbal medicine making and is a Reiki Master, all of which have honed her ability to relate to and skillfully communicate major life events.
Inspired by what she has witnessed and experienced, Patricia successfully spun careers that emphasized the human–nature connection into her work as an educator in public and private schools, as a storyteller, an avid researcher and award-winning youth librarian. As recognition of this, her colleagues awarded her the Idaho State Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award in 2005.
She and her husband Michael have been together as best friends for over five decades. They currently live on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State where the rugged mountains, wild rivers, and unique ecosystems provide them with constant inspiration. Patricia’s hobbies include writing, cooking, herb crafting, gardening, hiking, birding, photography, and until recently worked as a volunteer for the Olympic National Park greenhouse.
Both Patricia and Michael love sharing their views of the natural world and photos on this blog site are their own unless otherwise noted. And please respect the inherent copyright status of the materials in Alpine Lady.
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