Hi, I’m Beth.
The Little Magpie comes from my enthusiasm and infatuation with so many topics and other bright objects. It isn’t lack of focus, it’s truly that so many things captivate me. I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to be able to explore so many things, and I hope to pass that same zest for life to my daughters along with a “carpe diem” attitude.
I love all things green, marketing, PR, social media, telling stories that are real and true through writing, farmers’ markets, gardening, amazing food, historic downtowns, biking rails-to-trails projects with my husband and our century-old home. I hope each day that I’m making it a magical place for our kids to remember. I’m Fred’s wife, Sophie & Ainsley’s mom, a bit of a francophile, a general enthusiast and the director of the Ozark Natural Science Center, a nonprofit field science & environmental education, camp & conference facility in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas. With all my spare time, I’m one of the four founding members of Arkansas Women Bloggers, a site that aims to gather, grow & connect women bloggers from throughout Arkansas and beyond. Check it.
Regarding this blog: it’s evolved over several years from previous blogs in fits and starts. I’ve given up trying to categorize and neatly arrange my topics, tags and rants – if you know me, you know that it is virtually impossible to file my interests and condense my randomness. Since that is who I am, so be it. The beauty of a blog is that only those who find it of interest read it, right?
The European Magpie, Pica pica, is known for its fondness for bright, shiny objects and a penchant for making them its own. While unfortunately not a reflection on this blog’s author, the magpie is believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals. In China, the magpie is a symbol of happiness, and its singing foretells happiness and good luck. A chattering magpie signifies good news and the arrival of guests. Interestingly, the black and white, black-billed, long-tailed magpie was sacred in ancient times to Bacchus, the god of wine. All magpie information from Magpie in Nature & Myth edited by Peter Y. Chou.