I began writing Back Yards and Alleys nine years ago.  After some experimenting, the blog settled into an an adventure in learning to see nature in everyday experiences.  My back yard, an alley, and city streets all contain the wonder of nature normally reserved for grand mountains or magnificent sunsets.

Now it is time for me to gather some of the posts into another form with hopes of a published collection of meditations and essays. So I say goodbye to my faithful readers and followers.

I will continue with my other blog SALT and  you may keep up with my adventures in writing on Facebook : Alice Longaker-Author


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For Middle-Grade Readers (grades 5-7):

In just one afternoon, Wren’s gleeful mood crashes with the news of her mother’s diagnosis of advanced-stage Breast Cancer. Soon Wren is sent from her Colorado home to spend the summer with her not-so-typical grandparents (aging hippies) in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

With goats, chickens, and alpacas as companions, Wren finds adventure and ordinary days on trails and porches. Happiness comes with finding new friends, increased independence, and acres of woods to explore.

But chiggers bite, and spiders lurk. Wren’s nemesis, Aunt Char, returns. An owl calls outside of Wren’s window. Sometimes Wren gets scared, and when she really should be alarmed, she instead befriends a man with cruel intentions.

Late summer turns tragic, Arkansas teaches harshly and gently, and Wren learns that things don’t have to be perfect to be good.

Wren is available for preorder NOW and ONLY at If readers purchase your book prior to the publication date of April 6, 2017, they may use the promo code: PREORDER2017 to receive a 10% discount.

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