I’m the Zany Wren; just a crazy bird wingin’ it, trying to find my voice and my place. By digging deep, flying high and far, and hiding in my cozy nest when needed, I hope to find and create health, knowledge, meaning, peace, joy, connection, community, and a sustainable world. Let’s do it together!
The Zany Wren, aka Serenity Kimball (nickname ‘Reni,’ or ‘Ren’ thus the ‘Wren.’), was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia where she spent her days wandering the neighborhood (we did that in the 70s and 80s), reading voraciously, daydreaming, singing, and learning.
At the age of 11, she moved to Coos Bay, Oregon where she continued to sing, read, learn, and daydream and developed a love for the ocean and the Pacific Northwest which she still considers home.
At the age of 16, she graduated from high school a year early and moved to Provo, Utah where she attended college at Brigham Young University majoring in English literature with a minor in Editing. It was here that she met her husband on a blind date, and he proposed to her while on a study abroad program in London, England (one of he favorite cities in the world).
They were married in the summer and began their next adventures together. First, they had a daughter and took her on a field study to India for 4 months. Then, they had five more children–all boys, for a lovely half dozen. Along the way, they moved several times, ending up on a 2.5 acre rural property in north Sanpete County, Utah.
Here, her husband is an art teacher and printmaker while she dabbles in anything she finds interesting–current interests include homesteading, organic farming/gardening, sustainable animal husbandry, nutrition, sourdough baking and other fermentation techniques, plastic-free living, natural health and healing (but science-based), meditation and spirituality (but also science-based), gut bacteria, soil bacteria, happiness research, politics, history, literature, green building, energy self-sufficiency, slow food, travel, linguistics and languages just to name a few.
The last few years she has been teaching ESL classes to immigrants through a community program that she has truly loved. However, due to budget cuts, the program lost its funding in 2017 and she lost a job in the process.
While considering her options and looking at jobs available in her rural area, she opted to direct her energies to developing her own ideas instead, and this website is the first step. Here is a place to organize her ideas and begin to build a community.