Amy K. Hughes is a freelance writer and editor specializing in natural history, travel, women’s (i.e., human’s) issues, and arts and culture. As editor-in-chief of Chanticleer Press, she developed the highly acclaimed and best-selling "Sibley Guide to Birds" and the companion "Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior" (Knopf), as well as the "National Audubon Society Regional Guide" series (Knopf), the "First Field Guide" series (Scholastic), and the "National Wildlife Federation Field Guide" series (Sterling). She has developed and edited dozens of books and written and edited numerous articles for a wide range of clients over a 30-year career. She is a former staff writer at eNature.com and a frequent contributor of blog posts from CultureMaps to Mediander.com.
News

Eye on the Storm: Hurricane Matthew

By Amy K. Hughes
Hurricane Matthew was due to reach us on Thursday, with the first lashings to arrive by afternoon. We’re forty miles south of the coastal bulge at West Palm Beach, where the storm was predicted to skim the coast if not actually make landfall.
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Lifestyle

‘Meet My [Insert Term Here]’

By Amy K. Hughes
By Amy K. Hughes

A social puzzle: How to introduce an over-50 boyfriend? Please, not “lover” (too much information) or “long-time companion” (such a parodied cliché) or (groan) “manfriend.” Has anybody come up with a non-squirm-inducing term?

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Food & Drink · Lifestyle

Michelina’s Snails

By Amy K. Hughes
By Amy K. Hughes

Snails were on the ceiling, under the fridge, heading up the walls. The dish, Nonna Michelina explained to me, would involve feeding the snails for several days to purge them of what they had been eating outside and to season them. She would feed them polenta and fresh herbs and give them wine to drink.

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Family & Friends

The Keenan Women: A Mother’s Day Reflection

By Amy K. Hughes
By Amy K. Hughes

Because the Keenan family ways are so familiar to me, it doesn’t really surprise me that my grandfather didn’t notice for nine entire months that his wife was pregnant—or that she hadn’t bothered to tell him. Times were tough in their household, and Grandma Lucy never did anything less than forge ahead.

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