Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Welcome to my blog! If you're just popping over here from the Burlington Free Press, I'm thrilled that you're here. I am so appreciative of the attention they're giving to my father, Bob Spear, and to the Birds of Vermont Museum. I was thrilled that they wanted to interview me and publish the first essay in my Bird Carver's Daughter Series. I hope it made you smile.

And, not to blatantly advertise or anything, but if you enjoyed my essay, you might be interested in my two young adult novels. Both are available from paperbacks or eBooks. Here's a little information about them and links to where you can get them:

Shane and Cody -- two high school seniors, one growing up lonely and abused on a struggling horse farm, the other a privileged sports star. Each carefully hides a secret truth about himself. Both are unaware of the undercurrents beneath the surface of their quiet Vermont town, currents from the society hidden in the woods, by the streams, in the mountains, and even in the air around them.

Shane and Cody -- both chosen to become part of the culture hidden nearby, but chosen by opposite sides in an elemental struggle that has been underway since the beginning of time. It's up to them to forge a bond between the two groups despite the danger, not just to unite them, but to save them all from the dangers posed by humans who are destroying the world that keeps everyone alive.

Shane and Cody -- who must find their own peace with each other in a world more complicated than they've ever dreamed. A world which is also more wonderful than they've ever imagined.

Buy it HERE

Gareth's life is violent, frightening, and lonely. Abandoned by his parents and left to a series of harsh foster homes, he becomes as tough as the scar on his cheek. Death and destruction follow him. Sometimes, it actually seems like people are trying to kill him. By the time Gareth is in high school, friends are a luxury he can do without.

But deep inside, Gareth is tender, compassionate, and very gay. The only living soul Gareth lets into his heart is a silent young man who keeps saving his life. Every time Gareth gets a good look at his guardian, the man mysteriously vanishes. Does he even exist? Gareth isn't sure, until the day at school when his world implodes. Teachers suddenly know way more about him than they should. His secret guardian lies wounded on the darkroom floor. Before Gareth knows it, he and his guardian are on the run. Not only is Gareth more important than he ever dreamed, but the future of an entire planet depends on him. It's going to take all the courage and love Gareth has to face his destiny.

Buy it HERE

Monday, October 27, 2014


I was just interviewed by the Burlington Free Press for a story they're going to do about my father. And they want to publish one of my Carver's Daughter pieces to go with it! I'm so honored.

I am just stunned by the public outpouring over my father, who was amazing, of course, but just wanted educate people about nature and did so through a knack he had for making wood come alive.

I am feeling very much hugged.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Obituary


  • "The eath has lost a very talented man. His carving was..."
    - Leona Ross

ROBERT N. SPEAR JR. - HUNTINGTON - Robert N. Spear Jr., 94, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends. Bob was born in Burlington in 1920 to Robert N. Spear Sr. and Dorothy (Morrby) Spear. He spent much of his childhood roaming the woods around Wyben, Mass. Bob's family moved back to Vermont following the death of his mother in 1934. Bob went on to graduate from Winooski High School in 1937, and spent most of his late teens and early 20s farming with his father, except for a break in 1945 and 1946, when he served in the US Navy during World War II. In 1952, Bob began a 21-year career with General Electric. After retiring, he founded and directed the Green Mountain Audubon Nature Center in Huntington until 1978. Then, in an effort to portray birds in a medium which brings them alive, Bob began carving fulltime. In 1987, with the help of his life partner, Gale Lawrence, family, and friends, he opened the Birds of Vermont Museum. This project became the capstone of his career. Throughout his life, he was an avid advocate for the conservation and preservation of Vermont's wild spaces, including being a member of the Camel's Hump Park Commission and the Green Mountain Profile Committee. Bob wrote, "Birds of Vermont," one of the first books documenting the species of birds that live in Vermont. Over the course of his career, Bob won many awards including the Wildlife Conservation Award given by the National Wildlife Federation in 1966, the Science Educator's Award given by the Vermont Science Teachers Association in 1979, the Governor's Heritage Award for Traditional Artist in 2006, and the Olga Hallock Award for Community Service in 2014. Bob loved hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, photography, studying the Civil War, and, of course, bird-watching. He was a self-taught musician and not only played but made several guitars and a mandolin. In his youth, he built and sailed his own iceboat on Lake Champlain with his friend, Charles Smith, and his skills as a roller-skater at Clarey's Bayside in Colchester were legendary. His compassion, gentleness, and sense of humor permeated every aspect of his life and touched everyone who knew him in deep and unforgettable ways. Bob was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Betty Bessette. He is survived by his life partner, Gale Lawrence; his daughter, Kari Jo Spear; son-in-law, Dennis Lanpher; granddaughters, Alaria Grella and Crystal Lanpher; grandson-in-law, Scott Grella; and many, many friends. Bob's family would like to invite everyone to an ice-cream social which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462. Parking will be limited, please carpool as much as possible. Online condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are under the care and direction of the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Birds of Vermont Museum
Funeral Home
Lavigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service
132 Main St WinooskiVT 05404
(802) 655-3480
- See more at: