Category Archives: NATURE

Olathe’s Pollinator Prairie

The Pollinator Prairie: A Safe Haven for Monarchs

Kansas City Star

August 17, 2018

Ernie Miller Nature Center Programs

“The Good, the Bad, and The Smelly” Come to Nature Center

Kansas City Star

July 28, 2018

Lee’s Summit Animal Shelter Goes Green

Shelter Goes Green for Animals, People, and the Environment

Kansas City Star

July 20, 2018

Jay Parsons, Milkweed, and Monarchs

Jay Parsons’ Mission to Save the Monarchs

Kansas City Star

June 6, 2018

Olathe Prairie Center

The Olathe Prairie Center Brightens Hope for Our Natural  Future

Kansas City Star

June 1, 2018

Big Botany: A Plea for the Planet

Spencer Museum’s Big Botany Examines the Human/Plant Relationship

KC Studio Magazine

May 11, 2018


Life has been very busy for the last year. Four contract writing jobs. Searching for and landing a permanent job, while trying to keep up with those four very different contract positions. Moving into an apartment. (Not good). Looking for and buying a home. (Very good). Moving out of the apartment into the new home. (Very, very good-and the lake view is gorgeous!)

I’ve moved four times in five years. I do not like cardboard anymore. Not the color. Not the smell. But, I love my new place!

In the midst of all, I discovered INSTAGRAM!! Yahoo! Instagram is fun! Instagram opens the door to creativity and imagination. Instagram is possibility. Instagram makes me smile.

And, when I get my new business launched, Instagram will be my business partner and this will make me happy!

Thank you Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. You rock! What you made inspires me – and millions and millions of other passionate Instagram devotees!

If you, dear Blue Sky View follower, would like to take a look at my Instagram, the link is:

Anne Marie Hunter Instagram



Easter Sunday 2016

Easter Sunday Mount Ashland

Icy spring winds sing,

Through mountain pines flocked with Easter snow,

Fresh songs of love and hope

On Easter last year, a good friend, my dog and I hiked Mt. Ashland during a wildly windy snow storm, nearly a blizzard. I wrote the poem, above, to honor our joyful Easter celebration, playing in untouched snow drifts and chasing each other around sky-high evergreen trees. Our laughter echoed in the majestic silence, cradling us amid the unspeakable beauty. Though surrounded by winter’s purest and finest, if one looked and listened closely between the snowflakes, spring was whispering her promise of rebirth.

Today, Easter Sunday, 2016, I left early for church and walked out into a silent, serene snowfall. Enormous, wet snowflakes gently drifted from the dark gray sky, covering the ground. Again, through the snow, I felt the promise we are assured every year–even the coldest, longest winter will end and spring will come. Nature, and our spirits, will bloom and flower once again. In a world that doesn’t offer many guarantees, we have this promise and can hold this hope, even when winter is at its very harshest.

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

                                                                                                                             Albert Camus

National Puppy Day

Today is National Puppy Day.

My thought is this: there is no random coincidence about the fact that the words ‘Dog’ and ‘God’ are each other’s mirrors.

God is Dog spelled backwards. Julia Cameron wrote a book about it. So did many others.

Thank God for dogs.

And, puppies.

The Wise Sage….

The sage dwells among those things that can never be lost.

                                                                                     Change Tzuly

I read this profound quote recently and thought about what, exactly, those things are that can never be lost. Life is unutterably temporal, so what are those diamond-like slivers of light and love that are not.
Please add your own comments. Specifically, from your point of view, what are those things in life that can’t be lost?
My own “can’t-be-lost” list follows:
Dreams that came true
Dreams that still might come true
Your own God-given talent – unique from any other’s
Perseverance through seemingly insurmountable fears and obstacles–that go on much longer than you ever imagined they would or could
Goals accomplished against all odds–with grit, guts and soul you didn’t know you owned
Love you gave to another
Love you received from another
Your shamelessly, in-love heart placed in the hands of another–with abandon, regardless of outcome
Your first kiss
The first time you kissed your first child
Your most memorable birthday
Music that made your heart happy – then, listened to countless times over with the same joyful effect
Music you danced to
Art you swooned over
The moment you had the heart and wisdom to recognize the depth of another’s sorrow
The moment you offered compassion to that fellow human
The day you saw your own mercy, compassion or kindness in action–and the happiness and freedom it brought to that someone
The day you realized life will go on, despite a broken heart
The day you realized that broken heart is no longer your own headline news
A compliment from friend or stranger that lands you on top of the moon
Giving a compliment or smile that sends someone into the happiness stratosphere
A special, always-there-for-you animal that made you laugh, and loved you, without ceasing, every day–for years and years
More Prayers

Your list?