Barbara Spring

Teacher and Artist in Grand Haven, Michigan

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I have been living quite close to Lake Michigan for many years. It is here I have played on the beach with my two children who are now adults and with my grandchildren. We have romped in the sand, built sand castles, and we learned first hand of the power and beauty of the Great Lakes.

Before living within sight of the sweetwater seas, I was born in New York City, lived in Columbia Missouri as a child and then in East Lansing, Michigan where I attended school and then graduated from M.S.U. with a major in English. After getting my diploma I took many advanced classes in Journalism, outdoor education and art.

Now I live in my favorite place in the world. My husband and I have traveled to many beautiful places in the U.S. and many other countries, and still my admiration for the Great Lakes continues to grow.

With my husband, Norm Spring, I have worked on committees to improve the environment. I saw that we could make good changes and so I wrote a book, The Dynamic Great Lakes, to show what can be done. One accomplishment was the banning of DDT. We were thrilled to see how eagles returned to the shores of the Great Lakes after this was accomplished.

Sometimes I am invited to speak about the Great Lakes and/or my books. I also have written three books of poetry: The Wilderness Within, Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below, and Between Sweetwater and Sand. I have developed a power point talk about the Great Lakes and will present this at Hemlock Crossing County Park this summer.

  • Work
    • freelance writer
  • Education
    • M.S.U.