Every introduction describes curriculum and career, successes and failures. For me, this means former veterinarian. Lifelong reader and unproven writer. But will anyone recognize me? Agree with the words I choose? Kidney donor. Animal lover and nature addict. Determined wife and clumsy homemaker. Given the chance, would family and friends describe the same person?

Just as the bulk of language weighs somewhere between noun and verb, so identity lives between the name and action of memory. Like flattering phrases or awkward lines, my virtues and flaws can be edited away, absentmindedly overlooked, and truthfully cast aside because they comprise an almost universal state of being.

So where is the text that defines me, the written equivalent of a fingerprint or DNA analysis? That’s not rhetorical. I’m asking. In everything I write and everything I do, I’m asking.


46 thoughts on “About

  1. Tokoni O. Uti September 5, 2014 / 6:23 PM


    I’m Tokoni, a poet and fellow blogger. Its a pleasure to meet you. I wanted to find out, does your blog accept guest posts? Like i said, I’m a poet and I’m looking to contribute to new blogs if you’re interested.

    Tokoni Uti.

    • Rae Spencer September 11, 2014 / 3:24 PM

      My blog format does not include guest posts, though I know many do. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment, because your comment led me to your beautiful blog. I enjoyed spending time with your poems today, and I look forward to reading more of your poetry.

  2. marlajayne September 4, 2013 / 2:59 PM

    Why former veterinarian? Just asking because of your statement about words defining you. I’m thinking that’s still a big part of your psyche.

    • Rae Spencer September 4, 2013 / 5:13 PM

      I say “former veterinarian” because I no longer practice veterinary medicine, and I can’t think of a more positive way to phrase it!

      • marlajayne September 17, 2013 / 5:13 PM

        It sounded positive. It’s just that when I read it, I recall thinking that this was a major defining role for you.

  3. Lisa Alber August 16, 2013 / 6:19 PM

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I love your photography. I landed on the dragonflies first…wonderful creatures.

    • Rae Spencer August 16, 2013 / 7:41 PM

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading your book.

  4. Jo Ann January 11, 2013 / 6:25 PM

    Thanks for being my newest follower! I enjoyed reading some of your recent posts.

  5. Linda January 7, 2013 / 2:50 PM

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Leibster Blog Award. I enjoy the understated elegance of your blog which is thoughtful and accessible. You take great photos which often display the intimacy of nature in the local environment or scenes of home.

    You can see the nomination and more information about the award on my blog at http://mayandseptember.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/my-first-awards/. I hope it will encourage others to enjoy your blog. Please don’t feel obligated to do the full acceptance unless its something you would enjoy.

  6. Vicki November 3, 2012 / 10:16 PM

    thank you for visiting my blog and for the follow.. I appreciate it very much.

  7. staciegh August 23, 2012 / 11:28 PM

    Hi, I was referred to your blog from Jackie with Swerving for Butterflies!! Your poems are breathtaking!!

    • Rae Spencer August 24, 2012 / 12:57 AM

      I’m delighted that you stopped by my blog! Thank you for reading and commenting!

      • staciegh August 24, 2012 / 12:59 AM

        It was my pleasure!! 🙂

  8. rommel August 9, 2012 / 1:40 PM

    I featured your blog and your dragonflies. 😀

  9. lynnwyvill July 16, 2012 / 3:20 PM

    Thanks for the like on my blog. I like your about page, especially the last sentence. Look forward to reading your posts.

  10. boomiebol July 6, 2012 / 11:43 PM

    thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow

    • Rae Spencer July 7, 2012 / 11:06 PM

      I’m delighted to have found your blog, and I look forward to reading more of your poetry!

  11. ltownsdin June 5, 2012 / 3:55 PM

    Thank you for liking my blog. Your poetry is wonderful and your blog inspiriing. I’ll be back!

    • Rae Spencer June 5, 2012 / 7:43 PM

      Thank you! I enjoyed your post about the process of revision. I took a dreadfully wrong turn with my first manuscript, which I don’t see until chapter after chapter had passed. The mistakes accumulated and multiplied, gaining momentum and mass, and the plot finally ground to a painful halt. I couldn’t see a way to fix it, at the time, so I gave up on the story. About a year later, I read through the manuscript and found my initial mistake. I threw out the last half of the book, reworked a major character (and the plot elements surrounding that character), and let the story grow in a whole new direction. It worked. All of my internal alarms have gone silent, and I’m satisfied with the result. My first book may never be published, but it is finished.

  12. Herman May 10, 2012 / 12:07 PM

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I’ll be hanging around.

  13. kathrynmartins1 March 12, 2012 / 8:53 PM

    So you know, your post today made me smile and then smile some more. You just linked and linked… I’m honoured and i’m grateful…And don’t forget the smiles 🙂 Goodnight to you, Rae. Hope the bunnies showed.

    • Rae Spencer March 12, 2012 / 8:57 PM

      In my linking frenzy, I forgot to click “allow comments”. I’ve corrected it now. Sadly, the bunnies didn’t show tonight. They never do, when I want them to…

      Thanks for the fun awards!

  14. kathrynmartins1 March 12, 2012 / 1:40 PM

    Rae, just wanted to let you know that i nominated you today for the Beautiful Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger awards. Info is posted on my WordPress blog. Have a wonderful week.

    • Rae Spencer March 12, 2012 / 7:53 PM

      Wow! Thank you so much! I’ve had a lot of fun with these, this afternoon.

  15. Trileigh February 29, 2012 / 4:07 PM

    I’m so glad you discovered my blog, leading me to discover yours! I’ll look forward to exploring your words and photos.

    — Trileigh Tucker

    • Rae Spencer February 29, 2012 / 4:29 PM

      Thank you! Loved your post about metaphor, and I’m jealous of your snowy owls!

  16. Diane Tucker February 25, 2012 / 8:28 PM

    I so enjoyed your blog. I am going to follow you-you have a strong voice and a haunting sensitivity. Keep Going!!
    Diane Tucker
    Hill-stead Museum

    • Rae Spencer February 25, 2012 / 9:02 PM

      Thank you! I love your blog, too. And I’m quite jealous of your job title, “Estate Naturalist”. 🙂

  17. withoutaudacity February 22, 2012 / 9:31 PM

    Thank you for leaving a “like”. I’m very new to this blog thing and didn’t expect anyone would even notice my addition to the vast space by the second post. Will be following your interesting blog.

    • Rae Spencer February 22, 2012 / 9:57 PM

      Thank you. I’m pretty new here, too, and I’m fascinated by the process. I found your blog because your spider caught my attention on the topics page!

  18. bardessdmdenton February 18, 2012 / 6:48 PM

    How kind of you, Rae, for liking my recent post announcing the publication of my novel. I can already see you are a fine writer. I love: ‘In everything I write and everything I do, I’m asking.’

    Thank you! I will be back. All the best, Diane

    • Rae Spencer February 18, 2012 / 7:22 PM

      Thank you. And of course I liked your announcement! I’m always excited to see writers succeed!

  19. teabuddy February 15, 2012 / 8:52 PM

    Many thanks for your “like” on my blog. I love this profile shot of you. Have marked your blog for my bedtime reading. My best to you> Shona

    • Rae Spencer February 15, 2012 / 8:56 PM

      I enjoy reading your blog, and I look forward to reading your book!

  20. dianne - life as i see it February 14, 2012 / 5:10 PM

    wonderful blog

  21. Angela February 3, 2012 / 11:42 PM

    Hello Rae,
    I love the nature photography on your blog……speaks to my heart. I live in a suburban wasteland and often feel my nature sense withering. The only thing that saves me is that I am close to the beach and wetlands, so I do have an opportunity to catch my breath. I hope to have time to poke around and read more of your work in the days ahead.

    • Rae Spencer February 4, 2012 / 11:23 AM

      Thank you so much. I enjoyed your recent post about poetry, and I look forward to reading more of your work, as well!

      • Angela February 6, 2012 / 9:27 PM

        Hello Rae,
        I’m just curious, but may I ask what kind of camera you use? I’m looking to get a new one and your pictures are just gorgeous. I need something that will allow me to take pictures of the bees in my garden — that close up. Just rather have a personal recommendation. Thanks!

        • Rae Spencer February 7, 2012 / 12:39 AM

          For the last few years I’ve had a Canon PowerShot SX20IS. It should receive most of the credit for my pictures, because it does most of the work! Not only does it have a really nice macro setting, but it also takes awesome video. At first, I was disappointed because this camera burns through batteries rather quickly. I ended up buying the rechargeable batteries recommended by Canon, and I’ve been happy with that solution.

          Good luck with your camera search. Hope this mini-review helps!

      • Angela February 7, 2012 / 5:23 PM

        That helps a great deal. Thanks so much for taking the time to give me the info., Rae!

  22. Russell Bittner September 12, 2011 / 6:57 AM


    I just read “Separating the Irises” at YourDailyPoem.com.

    A superb piece if there ever was one!


  23. Jean McLeod August 20, 2011 / 8:04 AM

    Exciting! I look forward to the future.

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