Margaret Lynn Brown first fell in love with creative writing in fourth grade, when her teacher required short daily assignments—something that today might be called a blog.
She was editor of her junior and senior high newspapers in Austin, Minnesota, and worked as a reviewer for The Minnesota Daily. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she became an editor at Webb Publishing Company and later a freelance writer in the Twin Cities. A trip to the Great Smoky Mountains inspired a life-long interest in the history, natural history, and culture of the Southern Appalachians and writing about these led to a PhD at the University of Kentucky. Since 1996 she has taught American history at Brevard College in western North Carolina. The death of her father, nephew, a friend, and another friend’s son in 2012-2013 led to the creation of this website, as a way to affirm life and a sense of wonder.
She tends multiple native plant gardens, bird feeders, and vegetable gardens near Pisgah National Forest with the help of her husband, a teen-aged son, and two rescue terriers, who patrol for possums, squirrels, and rabbits.