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Day Six: Alone Together with Author Mary Alice Monroe—A Week of Author Expertise in Trying Times

Updated: May 24, 2022

Day Six    Featured Author Guest—Mary Alice Monroe  

Becoming Mrs. Lewis Virtual Book Tour Series  Newsletter March 27, 2020—Day Six  #AloneTogether      

Dear Reader, It is pub week for the EXPANDED edition of BECOMING MRS LEWIS and instead of being with you out there in the world, I am here with you in the world.  We will celebrate this week in very different ways.  You can go here to see the other Virtual Book Tour “events’ this week.

Upcoming: Tuesday, March 31st March Virtual Book Tour  7:30 pm Eastern Time US and Canada                        Host:  Katie McCormick  @JustOneMoreChapterPodcast “How do we live our lives at home that we once lived out in the world?”

Today is DAY SIX of our author experts. I have gathered a cadre of author pals who are also experts in other fields.  I want to introduce you to my dear friend and New York Times bestselling author, Mary Alice Monroe.  An active conservationist, Monroe is captivated by the beauty and fragility of the wild habitat around her and in particular, the coastal southern landscape —a strong and important focus of many of her novels. She will be providing us with some critical action steps we can take daily to help save our planet and environment.  I will let her take it from here (see below). 

"What Can I Do?" 

Light One Candle 

My readers tell me that the climate change issue seems so big, perhaps too big.  They ask: “What can I do?”   In this time of isolation, we ask the same question.  My answer is the same.  Light One Candle. 

Do one thing every day that will make a difference for our beloved planet.  

This is an action.

And action defeats fear.

Action defines a hero.

 Action is empowering.

Let’s be heroes in our own lives!

Pick up one item of trash.  

When you take a walk in the park, on the beach, or in your neighborhood, bring along a bag.  If you see a piece of trash, pick it up.  Even if it is just one piece, you’ve helped.  And remember, when you go to the beach, only leave your footprints behind!

Non-plastic bags.  

When you do shop, bring your own reusable bags like they do in Europe. I have some cute ones. If you forget, ask for paper bags.  Did you know plastic bags look like jellyfish to sea turtles?


For some zones, it’s early, but you can make plans.  I’ve designed my garden and next week I’m going to prepare the soil for April plants.  Please consider planting native milkweed to help the monarch butterflies. Milkweed is the only plant the monarch will lay eggs on. The population dropped 53% this year! The butterflies are beginning migration now from Mexico and it will take months for them to lea frog in generations to the Midwest and North.  Be ready for them.  Don’t forget to plant nectar flowers that butterflies love, too.  And don’t use pesticides!  When I feel pent up, I love getting my hands in the soil!


A naturalist goes outdoors and remains quiet and vigilant.  Keep a notebook of what you see, hear, smell.  What birds, animals, insects are in your area?  Get to know their names. Involve your children.  Collect the leaves of local trees and identify. The more you know what is wild in your area, the more connected you will feel.  This, I promise, will bring you joy and serenity.

Join my Light 1 Candle group on my Facebook page.  

This is a friendly group who share ideas, tips, and news about the planet and what we can do to help. I post my favorite straws, garden tips, updates on species I work with, and much more. Turtle season is beginning soon!  We are all trying to make a difference in our personal lives, or in modern parlance: Think globally but act locally. 

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