I’m a journalist and photographer who grew up in Sweden, approximately on the same latitude as the Gulf of Alaska. When I spend time in nature with my two young daughters, I’m also known as a worm-digger, frog catcher, splinter remover, tree identifier, mud cleaner-upper, tent raiser, band aid provider, and fire builder-in-chief.
So why “Rain or Shine Mamma”?
When I grew up I was taught to go outside every day, rain or shine, because it was “good for me.” At the time, I probably didn’t even realize how true that was. I was quite contented making mud cakes and building forts in the woods.
After becoming a mother I noticed that many American children seem to lack a meaningful connection with nature, and I started this blog in 2013 as a way to inspire outdoor play and adventure every day, regardless of the weather. I want my children to be able to explore the wonders of the natural world the way I did, and if I can inspire others in the process, it will be well worth it.
As Richard Louv so aptly puts it: “Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature. Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or gender or sexual identity or set of abilities. Every child.”
Linda McGurk lives in rural Indiana with her American husband and two young daughters. A journalist specializing in conservation, organic farming, sustainable living, natural child rearing, and forest schools, her work has appeared in a wide range of newspapers and magazines in North America as well as Scandinavia. She is an avid outdoors woman who volunteers to educate children about the natural world.