Exploring Wildlife, Geology and Botany at National Parks

Emily Hoff on Scenic Science

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Emily Hoff on Scenic Science

It was such a welcomed breath of fresh air to interview the lovely Emily Hoff last Friday on the Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald global radio/podcast show! Given current circumstances for which we can all identify with…the daily COVID-19 elephant in the room….it is a huge understatement to say that engaging in a conversation with Emily about the wonders of nature, and the vast splendour of the outdoors – was a timely gift I could not have been more grateful for!

During this period of Pandemic Lockdown, I am sure it goes without saying to what degree we are appreciating more so than ever before, what it is we are missing, what it is we have a newfound perspective on, and perhaps to some degree what we collectively took for granted. Our predecessor type reality for what constituted as ‘normal’ has now retired and has been replaced with an unknown, unnamed entity as its successor. We have become increasingly cognizant and more clearly mindful of how the pace and the once upon a time busyness of life – distracted us from what was directly in front of us. Tunnel vision blurriness while whizzing through traffic, juggling our back to back meetings, chronically rushing from point A to point B – essentially took us both further and farther away from any sustainable level of healthy equilibrium or in our capability as a collective to remain present in the here and now moments of our twenty-four hour (on repeat) daily grind. While in the pursuit of wanting to accomplish much – we have missed out on a lot. Quite arguably, we collectively have missed the boat in fully embracing the essence of life and the sacredness of living. Sadly, we are now paying a hefty price for blindly having chosen to dash through life rather than pausing to smell the roses.

I am a nature buff who has consistently opted to take full advantage of the lush conservation I am surrounded by within my own hometown. I have always received my greatest level of sought out clarity when being and feeling at one with Mother Earth. Keeping myself locked down inside my home during this period of pandemic, has presented as mainly challenging from the vantage point of not being able to freely roam where it is I have often chosen to escape to. If I have a choice of being outdoors or being indoors…outdoors wins out.

The next best thing for experiencing the wonders of lush, expansive and wide open space is to simply discuss it with a fellow enthusiast. There is no denying how evident it was to me, and I am quite sure as well to the loyal radio listeners and to the podcast subscribers…Emily’s unwavering passion and vibrant appreciation for wildlife, for geology, and for botany. This shone through no differently than the blinding reflection of the sun’s rays bouncing off calm waters! This woman poured five adventurous years of dedication and intrinsic curiosity into the incubation process before finally birthing her baby…her co-authored book, which was named, Scenic Science of The National Parks. It is a beautiful book – one which I was kindly the recipient of due to the generous gifting of Emily’s Publicist over at Penguin Random House. My children who have been raised to equally value the wonders of Nature, have also thoroughly enjoyed his dynamo of a book. We couldn’t be more grateful!

I would highly recommend this book to others and would encourage people who are in need of new content so as to keep their minds stimulated, and who are also perhaps very much missing being one with nature…to treat themselves or others, to a copy of this gem! You won’t be disappointed! 
On behalf of both Emily and myself, we wish to express our wholehearted gratitude to those of you having kindly taken the time to read this Feature Article! We are also equally appreciative to you for kindly clicking on the enclosed podcast link of our fresh and enjoyable interview with one another! For anyone interested in reaching out to either or to both Emily and myself so as to further connect one on one…we both would be immensely honoured and deeply touched to hear from you!

Until next week’s newly uploaded Feature Article piece on this brilliant #ThriveGlobal Forum – please stay safe, healthy and uplifted!

Uplifting You To Fear Less And To Live More! 

Be your own Hero. Be your own Shero. 
Be your own Leader. Be your own Best Friend! 
Love & Gratitude ~ Lisa
#Grateful #ThriveThursday #ThriveGlobal #LivingFearlessly


Emily Hoff is the Big Idea Person of an amazing Author Duo! She is constantly inventing new projects and swinging for the fences. Other hats that Emily wears when working with her book counterpart, Maygen Keller, include Chief Campsite Dishwashing Officer, Monitor of the Weather Radar, Knower of Hamilton Lyrics, and Queen of the Research Books.

When Emily isn’t working with Maygen Keller, you can find her writing museum exhibits for the likes of the American Museum of Natural History and Kennedy Space Centre. Emily lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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