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I’m Tammy Strobel. Welcome to my digital home!

I’m an author, photographer, and cat lover.

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Damn Near Zero

Damn Near Zero

Hello friends!

Overall, April was a good month. A few highlights included celebrating The Husband’s 41st birthday, having sincere and honest conversations with friends on the phone (and in real life), hiking through wildflowers, and more. I'm grateful for all the good spring has offered me.

With that, below are a few updates that I thought were worth sharing:

“Damn Near Zero”

I’ve been in conversation with friends about low waste living—what my friend Shanna calls “Damn Near Zero"—because I want to generate less waste in my household. As a start, I'm trying to avoid purchasing plastic (which is damn hard)!

If you’re thinking about reducing the amount of waste you generate, read:

+ Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

+ My Plastic Free Life by Beth Terry

+ Kiss the Ground by Josh Tickell

Striving toward #damnnearzero will be a mind growing adventure.

Brain Candy | Good Reads


+ Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon was delightful, inspiring, funny, and it inspired me to keep going. 

+ Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker is dense, brilliant, and eye-opening. For example, I learned that not getting enough sleep (less than 6 hours a night) is connected to poor health outcomes like Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, weight gain, mental health issues, and more. If you're not a reader, listen to Joe Rogan's interview with Walker. Make sleep a priority friends. It’s worth it!


+ Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers

+ This Is What A Handwritten Novel By Neil Gaiman Looks Like

+ How I Fully Quit Google (And You Can, Too)

+ Phones smash, notebooks bend

Recent Essays

Here’s what I published online in April: 

+ I shared four new essays on the Everyday Adventures in Siskiyou blog. 

+ I posted a photo essay of the flowers at Table Mountain on RowdyKittens.com. Seeing the wildflowers in full bloom was a magical experience. See all the photos here

+ My most popular Instagram post featured a shot I took last summer on top of the Notre Dame Cathedral. See the photo here

Coming Soon!

During April, I worked on an 1,800-word essay for Flow Magazine about the art of letting go. It took me 13 drafts to finalize the piece, and I'm proud of the effort I put into the article. The essay is scheduled to appear in Flow's Fall Dutch edition. I'll keep you posted on the publication date.

With gratitude,


PS: This was originally shared in my newsletter.

Happiness in Photos

Happiness in Photos

A Photo Essay: Table Mountain Wildflowers

A Photo Essay: Table Mountain Wildflowers