Nature Nerd


On the side, I call myself a Nature Nerd and enjoy getting out in the world to take pictures of things that cross my path. I'm a photography hobbyist still struggling to fine tune the art of aperture and shutter speeds. But I enjoy the process of finding things to photograph.

A little bit of my Nature Nerd notes can be found here. 




In 2007 I founded Walton Animal Guild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit humane organization in Walton County, Georgia. The organization's goal is to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets in our area through programs like rescue and adoption, spay/neuter, and other programs supporting the companion animal cause. 

Learn more about WAG at

About Me

This is where you get the full scoop on me  and why I have a website.

Frankly, at my age a detailed resume seems pointless. So here are the details: elementary, high school, college, secretarial jobs, police dispatcher, paralegal certification, paralegal and legal administrator, business writer, columnist, and non-profit CEO. Add in wife, mother, stepmother, nature and animal lover and photography hobbyist and that more or less neatly sums up my life.

Sure, I could throw in some awards and commendations received along the way, but that seems rather pathetic. Let's just say I've done some really good things and some really not-so-good things.

With more years behind me than ahead of me, I'm trying to see as much of the world as possible, learn what I can and make a small imprint before I leave the earth.

And that's the basic story.   



Karen Dean



A professional writer since 1997, my bylined articles have appeared in consumer and trade publications such as: 

American City Business Journals, American Lawyer Media, Athens Magazine, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Black Enterprise Magazine, Business to Business Magazine, Corporate Secretary magazine, Law Firm Inc., Real Estate Executive Magazine, Small Firm Business Magazine, and Super Lawyers, along with other local publications.

I've also authored marketing materials, case studies, white papers, speeches,  web copy, and annual reports for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and individuals.

Although not currently active, I've held memberships in professional organizations like the American Society for Journalists and Authors, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Atlanta Press Club.

A large part of my professional life has been spent communicating through written word - whether drafting legal documents in complex case settlement packages, explaining Sarbanes-Oxley to a business audience, creating marketing materials for corporations or writing humor columns for newspapers and magazines.

Although my writing career has taken a backseat to non-profit work, the art of crafting thoughts into readable paragraphs continues to occupy my day. There's always something to write!