About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Nature is Calling

   Living in Los Angeles, my experiences with nature and wildlife differ from someone living in a more rural environment.  However, outside my door and within my neighborhood, I’ve got my fair share of a wild kingdom.  Here are my top 6 nature observations:
  1. Not all trees are green.  Outside my bedroom window, a large jacaranda tree towers over our home.  The lilac flowers fall and cover the grass with a “purple snow.”
  2. Crows are alive and well and vocal in Los Angeles.  Crows always make me think of scarecrows and farms.  However, these crows seem to be auditioning for a choir.  They sing, croon, and yell at each other.  At times, their vocalizations sound like ducks quacking or owls hooting.
  3. Squirrels are quick.  They run and chase each other, across the lawn and up a tree.  They amble over tree branches like circus performers on a tightrope.  They attempt to catch each other; although I’m not sure if they’re trying to attack each other or mate.
  4. Raccoons live in families, and in my neighborhood.  One year, several years ago, my husband and I were walking around our neighborhood in the early evening hours.  The sun had set and out of some hedges we saw a family of raccoons scamper across to hide away in a storm drain.
  5. Opossums live in my neighborhood.   They’re lurking, and just a few weeks ago, I watched one amble around my neighbor’s back patio.  They’re eerie, creepy, look like an over-grown rat, and frankly, have no business being anywhere near my home.
  6. Birds really do look for twigs to build their nests.  Mama birds really do sit on eggs within these nests.  For the last week, my son and I check each day for our “Mama Birdie,” who sits in her nest perched atop the wall separating my back patio from my neighbor’s.


  1. Hi Wendy,
    Nice to be here again.
    Good notes about the lovely nature.
    But Alas!! No pics!!
    Pl. take some photographs of those
    Lovely creatures /trees and post along
    It gives a different color to the post
    and looks good too. I have written a post on Trees.
    Under the title “Our existence depends on our natural resources

    PS: Pl. remove the word verification

  2. Honey,
    Your writing is fantastic!
    I love to read your observations.
    They are very vivid and unique.
    I Love You!

  3. You have such a way with words.You write with such feeling and you explain things so well that people just want to keep on reading.. I love reading your work.Sometimes it is hard to believe we see the different animals running around considering where we live.I love you and I am so proud of you.

  4. It is amazing that wild life exists within city limits. At Griffith Park I have observed coytotes, skunks, and deer, in addition to the animals you have alrady mentioned. I enjoy your Blogs. Your Mother and I are proud of you.

    Love, Dad