Carolyn Keith Hopper is a mother, grandmother, and environmental advocate, who writes about connecting adults and children with nature. She lives in southwest Montana, where the weather and landscape of the Rocky Mountains inspire her writing. An avid fly-fisher and hiker, she has loved the outdoors since childhood, when her parents would take her on outings on the Concord River and entertain her with stories of the mythical West. She has contributed numerous articles to Outside Bozeman and Rocky Mountain Gardening and created the blog Wildflower Hikes in Montana with her husband.
I wish my readers to know that when I wrote of turning to Nature in River Shadows, for me it meant I believed I could hear God better in quiet places of natural beauty. And it was to God I turned for answers to my own sense of loss. While listening for the bark of a fox or to melody of a stream, or for the yellow warbler's song through willows, outside voices seem silenced.
And what was the loss? Some days I feel it as the loss of presence of my mother...or father. I long to say "Look, isn't that beautiful when passing through a meadow of wildflowers, or watching a sunset, And others? I'm beginning to realize that the ones I love, parents and grandparents, too, are as close as my thoughts. That I can share any beautiful, joyful, or even sad moments, and know they listen.
River Shadows: A Passage from Head to Heart is her first book.