Lora Hein

Author. Artist. Nature Interpreter. PublicationsBlog

Travel lightly, exploring the world of nature through words, images and knowledge.

About Lora Hein

Lora Hein was born in Oregon to parents who met in a college club called the Naturalists and instilled in her a love of nature, music, art, and reading. She is currently working on a memoir, Tortoise Moon, her first book, reflecting on her discoveries while contemplating life in the islands that gave rise to Darwin’s theory of natural selection: who she is and her place in the world. Lora spent two months in the Galápagos Islands when she was 23 years old, between stints in college. After that encounter, with what she recognized as true education, she pursued a variety of ways to earn a living while being as close to nature as possible, including being a seasonal Park Ranger, teaching, and designing and building passive solar houses in the North Cascades of Washington State.

Lora now calls Edmonds, Washington, home, where she and her spouse enjoy, appreciate and enhance the arts, natural surrounding, and community in as sustainable a lifestyle as possible.

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An excerpt from Tortoise Moon

True Stories, The Narrative Project Volume 1, published January 2019 contains a chapter in progress from Lora’s memoir, Tortoise Moon, as a stand-alone piece in this anthology.

This adventure within an adventure piece details one of Lora’s experiences in the Galápagos Islands in 1973. Struggling with feeling unaccepted, rejected by the trip leader, Lora and one of her fellow travelers become lost in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and fear they will be left behind when the fishing boat they are due to depart on leaves the next day. This excerpt relates the fears they face and the choices they make to survive.

Recent Posts

There’s more to who you are than what you do. Getting in touch with nature reveals your true being.

Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink! If you blink you could miss a moment! That is not to say your eyes must stay open every one of the 86,400 seconds of every day, or 604,800 seconds every week, or 31,536,000 seconds of every year … . I know the time I have spent with my eyes wide open has...

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The Real Reality Show

The Real Reality Show

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