Lisa Duchene is a business-environment writer and communications consultant in central Pennsylvania.

My Work

Digital and print magazine features about the science and business of sustaining natural resources:

Travel feature stories about adventures in exceptional natural places:

Communications services include:

  • Developing and executing strategy across media.
  • Special publications, for example, “We Are… Growing” for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Coaching writers one-on-one and in small groups. I have taught newswriting and magazine writing at Penn State.
  • I lead communications for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Essays explore:

  • Finding grace in dark times.
  • Family: Father-daughter relationships, losing a parent, making family and surviving the breaking of families.
My Story

Duchene • of the oak • French

I come from a tough crowd.

My grandparents worked hard in a family greenhouse and floral shop, in steel mills and on the railroad. My grandmother grew up in the Pennsylvania mountains. Then she asked for a pair of combat boots and to serve as an Army nurse in World War II. My mom is a retired environmental scientist. She read great stories to me every night until I could devour them on my own. My dad was a jack-of-all-trades who could fix or sell anything.

No wonder I’m a free spirit. An independent writer. A plant and marine science geek. A scrappy DIYer.

As a kid, I climbed the sour cherry tree in our yard, settling in its crook to hide and read. I looked under the rocks along Tinker Creek to see what was there. I have always been in love with language and learning about nature.

Drawn to the Maine Coast

The Maine Coast satisfied my craving to live in a place defined by nature and distinct from the Midwest suburb where I grew up. The suburbs were lovely, but felt sanitized, flat and claustrophic. As a reporter assigned to the fisheries beat, I learned to research and write about the marine environment and people who make a living from the sea.

But in Maine I couldn’t make a family of my own. I don’t know why.

Settling into the Man Cave

Here in a small, Pennsylvania town, I finally found home and family with three rugged outdoorsmen, my wonderful husband and two stepsons. Thanks to them, I get to experience being a stepmom and tell little, funny stories about learning to live in the Man Cave. I’ll share them here.

Enjoy your visit. Hopefully, something made you smile or lifted your spirits.

If you need a pro writer, let’s talk about your project.

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