Oh, hello – I’m Melissa.


I thrive on people who inspire me. Those brave souls who are  growing gardens, being community leaders, or creatively building beautiful, healthy public spaces that inspire.  That kind of stuff.

This blog will highlight inspiring people, projects, and stories as documented in my sketchbook and through the lens of my camera.

I am a Northwest girl exploring my world through the pages of my sketchbook while caring for 6 delightful, jumping Nubian goats. Four new babies joined our herd in April, 2016 and we named them Waylon, Willie, Merle, and Miss Maple (the only girl).

Baby Willie and Mama Mickey just hours after his birth.

Currently, I reside on Urban Eden Farm in fabulous Spokane,Washington.

Some fun facts to start:

  • I love french press coffee, simplicity, sketchbook journaling, Oaxacan cheese, getting my hands in the dirt, writing letters,  people watching from a park bench, and the power of human connections.  
  • Professionally, I am an ESL (English as a Second Language Educator) educator and food literacy trainer.
  • Lover of big mountains and the mind boggling views they give us.
  • I have five goats with baby goats on the way.
  • I had a pet hedgehog in high school.
  • I think some of the most amazing people in the world are the oldest and the youngest ones.
  • I can grow my own food.
  • I can shell sunflower seeds in my mouth  faster then anyone I know.  Want to give it a go?
  • I have eight nieces and nephews who I adore.  Kids allow us to live a little piece of our childhood again through their eyes.
  • Most of my closest friends have names beginning with S.  My two  older sisters, too. Odd.
  • I also like to take photos of my feet in different places.  And plates of food.  Strange, I know.


The Flying Ear Sisterhood – Gidget, Sophie, Sally, Zephora and Mickey

Hopefully you too will find inspiration in their stories and be inspired in your own life.

Let the inspiration begin!


Sassy feet in my new cowboy boots in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On the farm – Goat grain and muck boots!
Feet in black sand in Nicaragua.

Feet in red leaves in Central Park in New York City.

Sandy feet in Senegal

Muddy feet in Panama.

Feet and ducks at Lost Valley Education Center in Oregon.