As I sit perched upstairs at The Ledge on a snowy day, contemplating the close of another year, I know in my bones it’s time to announce a change in my blog. Photos and short lines of poetic prose have served Wild Nature well, but as a writer of a certain age who has so many stories inside, I want to write more. That means upcoming short pieces with only a photo or two. The challenge in this change is finding the balance of brevity and juicy depth that keep me as a writer and my readers engaged, yet not overwhelmed. So now I’ve said it out loud with the intention to begin soon…with a Christmas party story where I met Ruby Flame, a drag queen in the early 80’s: Springfield, Missouri. Thanks to all of you for the inspiration to keep it new.