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Elaine Lee made a guest appearance on KRON TV’s “Live on the Bay” Show” Jan. 23, and had the opportunity to share news about her soon to be released book Go Girl 2: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure, as well as share some travel tips. A newscaster friend of Elaine’s sent BATW colleague Brandy Collin’s SFGate article to the producer of the show and the producer contacted Elaine right away with an invitation to appear on the show. It’s so wonderful when BATW members can lift each other up!

Click HERE to watch the segment.


Lalit Kumar’s Yosemite of my Heart – Poems of Adventure in California is slated to release on Feb 15th (pre-launch link – The book is a collection of poems in an easy, free-flowing contemporary style that captures the spirit of adventure and outdoors. The poetry celebrates both the physical and spiritual journeys each of us take in our quest to rejuvenate ourselves and find fulfillment during the course of our lives. The poems in the book are action-oriented, exploring varied life experiences out in nature with a focus on the ‘golden state’, California.


Melanie Haiken is excited to share that she’s had two Nat Geo stories so far this year! Did you know that poachers kill hundreds of vultures at a time so they can’t give away the locations of illegal kills? Or that without vultures, rabies and other diseases spike? Reporting on topics like these, she learn so much about the complexities of animal-human relationships, the delicacy of ecosystems, and the dire changes taking place on the fringes of world attention. Read the article HERE.

Read Melanie’s second article on how birds help humans find honey HERE.


Alec Scott had a December article  in the New York Times, about an ink-maker based in Toronto. “I traveled to Toronto to see my parents in the fall, and set up an interview with Jason Logan, one of the world’s premiere inkmakers. He forages for the raw materials from which he produces these beautifully tinted inks. The Times assigned the piece as one of their semi-regular features on artisans — and sent a great photographer to capture his work outside and in. Essence of the autumn in the Northeast of the continent distilled.

Ginny Prior’s cover story and photos on Animal Interactions for Wellness appeared in the January issue of Diablo Magazine. Ginny spent time cuddling cows and hugging hens across Northern California to understand the healing power of connecting with animals. Read it HERE.



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