When it’s late winter in the Northern hemisphere—I live in Upstate New York and the snow is finally receding—it’s hard to be cheerful. It’s hard to move, it’s hard to go outside. It’s... READ MORE
A writer and an editor with a broad range of interests, Teri has a taste for exploration and a talent for bringing back stories and information that resonate with insight and wonder—whether she’s examining flowers, pie, or small-town life. She has over 35 books in publication, including two that were named to amazon.com’s “Best Books of 2013.” She’s also enjoyed a long and fruitful career in magazine publishing, website content/blogging, and direct marketing—her experience and expertise in these areas has been an asset for diverse clients. Her vivid catalog copy once won the industry’s highest award.
If a theme runs through her work, it’s attentiveness to details both seen and felt. “Some days I feel like I am grappling with what Melville called ‘the ungraspable phantom of life,’” she says. “And yet this writing life continues to be a rewarding voyage of discovery.”
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as heard on NPR, as seen in the NYT Book Review
Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit
A centuries-old saying goes, “Great oaks from little acorns grow.” But as Seeing Seeds reveals, there is much more to a seed than the plant it will someday become: seeds, seedheads, pods, and fruits have their own astounding beauty that rivals, and sometimes even surpasses, the beauty of flowers. In these stunning pages you’ll gain an understanding of how seeds are formed and dispersed, why they look the way they do, and how they fit into the environment. Seeing Seeds will take you to strange and wonderful places. When you return, it’s safe to say that you’ll never look at a seed the same way again.
NPR Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Teri Chace and Bob Llewellyn: LISTEN NOW
“In this incredibly beautiful book, Chace explains the importance of seeds, how they are formed and dispersed and why we are so dependent on them. Written in layman’s terms, this is a book that will be easily understood and enjoyed by any amateur naturalist; and those photographs! The photos in this book are some of the most extraordinarily beautiful things I have ever seen, easily putting the loveliest rose to shame. An absolutely gorgeous book!”
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Occasionally an unsavory foreign relative of a native plant worms its way into and ultimately alters the gene pool, as is apparently the case with alders…All this brings to mind that pivotal moment in the sci-fi classic The Andromeda Strain when a scientist exclaims in panic, “There’ll be a thousand mutations! It will spread everywhere! We’ll never be rid of it!”
Remember that oxygen is also important in a compost pile. It allows the naturally occurring microorganisms to break down the materials you toss in. Poke holes in and stir up the layered pile occasionally with a stick or shovel handle. Don’t worry about messing up the layers; this isn’t a chocolate cake.