Fill of Joy

Constance Sidles

In her newest collection of 32 essays about wild nature, Constance Sidles describes in luminous prose the natural beauty and wonder she finds at Montlake Fill, an island of nature in a sea of urban development. The birds Connie observes here are living gems of color, celestial singers who fill the air with their liquid notes, selfless parents, ruthless predators, clever survivors--and always fascinating.

This is not a book about birds, however. It's a guide that describes how to find joy in ordinary life. By studying the interactions of the wild creatures who share our planet, Connie distills the essence of what it means to be human -- and happy.

Share the joy. Buy your own copy of "Fill of Joy" and find out why Connie writes, "There is real joy to be found in nature, and gladness in the world. We create it ourselves."

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Second Nature

Constance Sidles

In the rush of modern life, in the chaos of a world that is often in crisis, where can you find peace of mind? Constance Sidles finds it in nature.

If, like her, you're searching for a haven that gives you respite from cares and hope for the future, then come with her as she takes you on a journey into the wilds of a natural area set in the heart of a city.

The Montlake Fill is 75 acres of wild beauty on the University of Washington campus in northeast Seattle. In 32 essays arranged into the four seasons, Connie describes the birds who come here and the things they do. In the process, she reflects on the meaning of wild nature and its relationship to human nature.

"Let us not take for granted the everyday people or things we love.  Abundance and familiarity do not lessen wonder. Abundance gives us the chance to experience the sublime over and over again. Familiarity lets us deepen our understanding. We need only take the time to look and really see the treasure that lies all around our lives."...(read more)

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In My Nature

Constance Sidles

In 32 essays covering the four seasons of the year, master birder Constance Sidles explores the wonders of the wild at the Montlake Fill, a nature reserve in the heart of northeast Seattle.

The birds she finds here teach her to forget time. To leave worries behind. To experience joy. To find a refuge that gives peace of mind and a respite from the stresses of a fast-paced world.

Would you like to share these experiences? It's easy. Connie invites you to come along with her in these essays and find the magic in everyday life, the laughter, joy, and tears, as she describes the sublime beauty of the birds of the Montlake Fill...(read more)

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