I am a writer and lifelong learner driven by curiosity, a love of words, and an affinity for forest bathing. I write to share what I’m learning and to inspire others to find their path. Here’s a link to my portfolio if you’d like to see a sampling of my published work.


Once upon a time I was a 9th grade English teacher, but over the years I’ve gradually shifted and expanded my professional interest from classroom teaching to writing. I moved to independent work as I began a family and homeschooled my children. We learned more than basic numeracy and literacy skills: we explored the world and researched our interests. In looking through my notebooks from those years, I see the rediscovery of my writing identity. Far from the classroom podium, I learned, taught, and wrote in fields, gardens, kitchens, art studios, and libraries. I offered support to other homeschooling families, both through my writing as well as through classes and consultation sessions.

I came out of the experience with a new love of science and the natural world, something that I remain passionate about. I see writing as a means of self-expression and a tool for spreading ideas and inspiring others.

In graduate school, I sharpened my writing craft and fell in love with editing. From the macro to the micro, I enjoy the variety of skills employed in writing and editing work. I happily alternate between creative, right brain work and analytical left brain work.

I’m currently teaching community college students and planning a possible return to my community nature journal, The Friendly Naturalist. Go take a look!

I take to heart the advice of the Sufi poet Rumi:

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

~ Ivy Rutledge


6 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Amazing to see this face appear on my screen after such a simple query. Equally amazing, I am certain, are your journeys after all this time. And a writer! I do wish I could sit down with you and recount half a lifetime of absence… and so by chance I stumble upon your corner of the cyber universe. I was searching on some different linguistic histories of ‘schwa’, as it forms one of the most common vowels in the Azerbaijani language….making an ‘aa’ sound …like “at” or “cat”.

    The script looks the same (as schwa), but it’s etymology (at least in this part of the world) dates back to the migration of the Turkish or ‘Turkman’ language, and how (for Azerbaijan) they married Turkish with Russian and Persian to form their national tongue. The Turkish pronounce it ‘eh’ and the Azeri’s pronounce it ‘aa’ (and sometimes the Turkish just print it as ‘e’ to make it all the more confusing). Umm…..I ramble.

    So very nice to see (visit, read, ….ack …the verbs just bizarrify this (I’m sure it will show up on Wiki as a real word someday)) you again Ivy.

    All the best!


  2. Rich, I’d really love to know where you’ve been in life that you know so much about the Azerbaijani language! Glad to hear from you.


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