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YA Eco Mysteries, Memoirs, Novels & Travel

End of the decade 2010s Climate Crises

The time has come to look back on the end of a decade. The 2010s (pronounced "twenty-tens" or "two thousand and tens") is the current decade that began on 1 January 2010 and will end on 31 December 2019. For the world, the twenty tens has been quite a roller coaster ride. Revolutionary innovations, the Great Recession, the Climate Crisis, and disturbing political and environmental crises. All these events have challenged me to take action, no matter how small. As a result, I participated in the Women’s Marches and the Climate Strike.

Climate Strike Birmingham Alabama

As a writer it has been a fulfilling decade.

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The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: Monarch Mysteries
Star Bright Books (2019)

Books Published: 8 Eco Mysteries
A Memoir: Behind the Walled Garden of Apartheid
A Medical Mystery: The Final Diagnosis
An Historical novel: The Nine Inheritors
Books Slated for Publication 2020:
The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: Operation Terrapin Rescue
The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: Mystery of the Vanishing Birds
Books to Come: a new eco mystery, Firestorm: Red Flag Warning

New Friends: My books have yielded unexpected rewards. Along the way, I made heartwarming new friends, met outstanding conservationists, talented writers, and unexpected adventures across our richly biodiverse state.

Jim McClintock Climate Crisis
Dr. Jim McClintock, Polar Marine Biologist at University of Alabama at Birmingham

Honors: Alabama Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve. I was overwhelmed and grateful to be recognized by the Alabama Audubon Society. “Claire Datnow founded the trail and outdoor classroom during her tenure at Putnam in the 1990s. We are honored to continue her legacy and grow this preserve into something even greater for the students and birds to enjoy for years to come.”

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Boris Datnow, Claire Datnow, Chris Oberholtzer, Ansel Payne and Sarah Randolf unveiling
Forest Preserve's Master Plan.

promoted my passions for writing and for environmental conservation by serving as:
Local Liaison Society for Children’s
Book Writers (SCBWI)
Board member
Alabama Writers Cooperative Board Member Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA)
STEM Chair
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Presentations: On environmental fiction to schools and at conferences. See
How to Become an Eco Detective.
Travel. My husband Boris and I traveled far and wide to Asia, North America, South America, Greenland, Iceland, Australia, and Europe. In 2020 will be traveling Patagonia and Antarctica.

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Members of my Family at Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

Celebrations: Birthdays of my eight precious grandchildren, my three children and wonderful family reunions at Mohonk in upstate New York and Alaska.

Celebrating Birthdays Anniversaries

A New Hobby. Participating in Shades Valley Camera Club to develop a creative new hobby, and rewarding new friendships.

The Wisdom of Matzo Ball Soup: I sent this message to my granddaughter Lilly: “I made it officially to the eighth decade of my life! Now is the time to put the little wisdom and tolerance I garnered to work.”
She replied, “Your matzo ball soup is definitely one piece of wisdom you’ve earned!”

Sending Good Wishes.So here’s wishing that the twenty-twenties will bring the comfort of friends, the love of family, the determination to help make your community a better place, and a few new adventures to spice up your life.

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