Betsy S. Franz

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Betsy S. Franz
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LIST OF PUBLISHED WORKS (Most free articles and columns not listed)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home,
2014 - Essay Included - Building a Dream
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, 2011 - Essays Included - Finding Me & Life in the Slow Lane
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, ©2010- Essay Included - Finding My Religion
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom,
©2010 - Essay Included - Beauty Never Fades
How to Take Care of Your Share of the Planet,
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings ,
©2009 - Essay Included - Hurricane Hummers
Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family
©2009 - Essays Included - Call Me Crazy & Quality Time
Chicken Soup for the Soul A Tribute to Moms ,
©2008 - Essay Included - The Beauty of Alzheimer's
The Wildlife Habitat Journal: Restoring and Exploring Wildlife Habitat in Your Own Backyard -©c2005
The Wildlife Habitat Journal:
Restoring and Exploring Wildlife Habitat in Your Own Backyard - Florida Edition - © 2005
Wonders Never Cease: Restoring the Wonder in Your Life by Exploring the Nature Around You - © 2006

Webpage Development, Content and Blogs

Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog,
Project Backyard Brevard,
Take Care of Your Share of the Planet,


  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Publications
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Florida Gardening Magazine
  • Spaces Magazine
  • Mother Earth News
  • Lake Country Journal
  • Florida Wildlife Magazine
  • Grit Magazine
  • Natural Awakenings Magazine
  • Mini-Storage Messenger
  • Outdoor Delaware
  • South Carolina Wildlife
  • Florida Green Building Magazine
  • Spirituality & Health
  • Louisiana Conservationist
  • Backhome Magazine
  • Florida Today Newspaper
  • E-The Environmental Magazine
  • Bass Times
  • American Forests
  • Plenty Magazine
  • Florida Sportsman Magazine
  • SpaceCoast Living Magazine
  • Bird Watchers Digest
  • Hometown News

    Articles       (Please respect all Copyrights)

    © Article, Options for an Eco-Friendly Floor,, February 21, 2014
    © Article, Showroom for Model Cars is Favorite Room in the House,, February 18, 2014
    © Article, Building a Treehouse: Things to Consider Before Your Start ,, October 19, 2013
    © Article, How to Attract Dragonflies for All-Natural Pest Control,, July 23, 2013
    © Article, The Farm at Rockledge Gardens, Florida Gardening, October/November 2012
    © Article, Guarding Pets; Use Safety Precautions in Yard and Garden, Spaces, May 2012
    © Article, Home Grown Hydroponics, Spaces, May 2012
    © Article, Best Plants for Backyard Pollinators, Mother Earth News, Aug/Sep 2011
    © Article, Garden Gems: Succulents, Spaces, July/Aug 2011
    © Article, African Violets: Out of Africa and Into Our Hearts, Spaces, July/Aug 2011
    © Photo, Screech Owl, Lake Country Journal, May/June 2011
    © Article, Hooked on Hoyas, Spaces, May/Jun 2011
    © Article, Hardening Your Home, Spaces, May/Jun 2011
    © Article, Wallpaper Goes Green, Spaces, Mar/Apr 2011
    © Article, Give Peace (Lily) A Chance, Spaces, Mar/Apr 2011
    © Article, Resolutions for the New Year , Spaces, Jan/Feb 2011
    © Article, Jade Plant, Great Choice for a Prosperous New Years, Spaces, Jan/Feb 2011
    © Article, The Conservation Reserve Program, Grit, Jan/Feb 2011
    © Article, Backyard Bobcats, Florida Wildlife, Nov/Dec 2010
    © Article, Holiday Happenings, Florida Gardening, Dec/Jan 2011
    © Article, Antique to Chic, Vintage furnishings join the green trend, Spaces, Nov/Dec 2010
    © Article, 10 Ways that Birders and Wildlife Watchers Will Help Save the Planet, Information, Fall2010
    © Article, Green Building Programs and Our Landscapes, Florida Gardening, Oct/Nov 2010
    © Article, Building Green on Lansing Island, Spaces. Sep/Oct 2010
    © Article, Create a Wildlife Habitat, Grit , Sept/Oct 2010
    © Article, Picnic in the Park, Keep it Alfresco and Eco-friendly, Spaces, Jul/Aug 2010
    © Article and photos (cover), Show Your Wildlife Pride...Get Certified, Florida Gardening, Jun/Jul 2010
    © Article and photos, Starting the Day on Just the Right Note, Florida Wildlife, May/June 2010
    © Article and photos, Backyard Habitats, Create Your Own Sanctuary for Wildlife, Spaces, May/Jun 2010
    © Article, Soak Up some Sun: Go Solar, Spaces, Mar/April 2010
    © Article, Gardening for Wildlife - Fostering Nature's Magic, Natural Awakenings, March 2010
    © Article, When Your Crop Runneth Over, Grit, March/April 2010
    © Article, Endless Natural Adventures, Palm Bay Anniversary Issue, 2010
    © Article, Ecological Warmth: Ways to Heat and Insulate, Mini-Storage Messenger, January 2010
    © Article, Organic Produce: Eat it, Buy it, Grow it, Spaces, January/February 2010
    © Article, Pets and Backyard Wildlife, Outdoor Delaware, Winter, 2009
    © Article and photos, Doing Something by Doing Nothing, Florida Wildlife, Nov/Dec 2009
    © Cover Photo, Sandhill crane & chick, Horizons, Winter 2009
    © Article and photos, When Your Crop Runneth Over, Florida Gardening, Dec/Jan 2010
    © Article, Fun in the Sun--tree and Viera Areas, 32940 2009-2010
    © Article, Location is the Key to Good Business, 32940, 2009-2010
    © Article, Wuesthoff Health System: Growing with the Community, 32940, 2009-2010
    © Article, Conscientious Commuting, Spaces, Nov/Dec 2009
    © Article, Come Sail Away: Inside Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, Spaces, Sept/Oct 2009
    © Article, Green School Supplies, Natural Awakenings, August 2009
    © Article, Clean, Green Driving Machines, Spaces, July/Aug 2009
    © Article, Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly to My Home, South Carolina Wildlife, Jul/Aug 2009
    © Article and Photos (cover photo), Roadside Attractions, Florida Gardening, Jun/Jul 2009
    © Article, Go Native: Local Landscapes Grow Green, Spaces, Jun/July 2009
    © Cover Photo, Daylilies, Florida Gardening, April/May 2009
    © Article, Dreaming Responsibly, Spaces, Mar/April 2009
    © Photos only, Sandhill cranes, Your Big Backyard, March 2009
    © Article and Photo, Green Education: Seeing is Believing, Florida Green Building Magazine, Winter 2009
    © Article and Photos (cover photo), Be Passionate About Pollinators, Florida Gardening, Feb/Mar 2009
    © Article, Step Lightly (Green Flooring), Spaces, Jan/Feb 2009
    © A Green Tip, Recycle Your Christmas Trees, Florida Gardening, Dec/Jan 2009
    © Article, Beautiful Window Treatments Help Beat the Heat, Spaces, Nov/Dec 2008
    © Essay, Finding my "Gee Spot", Spirituality & Health, November/December 2008
    © Article, Building a Greener World, Spaces, September/October 2008
    © Photo, Cardinal on birdbath, Florida Naturalist, Summer 2008
    © Article, Naturescaping, Louisiana Conservationist, Summer 2008
    © Article, A Lofty Escape, Spaces, July/August 2008
    © Article and photos, Sometimes it's a fine line between help & harm, Florida Wildlife, July/August 2008
    © Article and photo, Dragonflies, Lake Country Journal, July/August 2008
    © Article, Under the Tropical Sun, Spaces, May/June 2008
    © Article, This Hobby's A Keeper, Antique Fishing Lures, South Carolina Wildlife, May/June 2008
    © Article, Pass the Plants, Please, BackHome Magazine, May/June 2008
    © Article, Dragonflies, BackHome Magazine, May/June 2008
    © Article, It's Easy Being Green in Florida, Florida Gardening, Apr/May 2008
    © Article, More than Meets the Ear, Spaces, Mar/Apr 2008
    © Essay, The Beauty of Alzheimer's, Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms, c2008
    © Article and photos, Wastewater Wetlands, Florida Wildlife, Nov/Dec 2007
    © Article, Nature Photographer's Crane Images Take Flight, Florida Today, December 12, 2007
    © Article and photos, Gardening for a Song, Florida Gardening, Dec/Jan 2008
    © Article, Light Up the Night, Spaces, Nov/Dec 2007
    © Article, How to Die Laughing, Spirituality and Health, Nov/Dec 2007
    © Article, Who Let the Dogs (and Cats) Out?, E-The Environmental Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007
    © Article and photos, Stewardship Starts at Home, Louisiana Conservationist, Summer 2007
    © Article, Keeping Women Fiscally Fit, About Me, October 2007
    © Article and photos, I Just Want to Be Outside, Florida Wildlife, Sept/Oct 2007
    © Article and photos, Beneficial Insects, Florida Gardening, Oct/Nov 2007
    © Article, Personalize Your Property, Spaces, Sep/Oct 2007
    © Article, Stewardship Begins at Home, Bass Times, July 2007
    © Article, The Butterfly Affect, Spaces, July/August 2007
    © Article, In Your Own Backyard, Outdoor Spaces, Summer 2007
    © Article, Beachcombers Take Pleasure in Seaside Treasure, Florida Today, July 9, 2007
    © Article, Couple Writes Guide to the Beach, Florida Today, June 6, 2007
    © Article and photos, Every Day is a New Adventure, Florida Wildlife, May/June 2007
    © Article, Champ Inspires Artist Owner, American Forests, Spring 2007
    © Article, Rooms with a View, Spaces Magazine, May/June 2007
    © Article, Your Backyard Laboratory (Citizen Scientists), South Carolina Wildlife, May/June 2007
    © Article and photos, Bird-watching...coming to a backyard near you, Florida Wildlife, Mar/April 2007
    © Article, What's the Damage? Measure Your Environmental Impact, Plenty (web only), Mar.27, 2007
    © Article and photos, Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly to my Home, Florida Wildlife, January/February 2007
    © Article, Some Like It Hot!, Spaces Magazine, Dec/Jan 2007
    © Article and photos, Colorful Curiosities, Florida Gardening, Dec/Jan 2007
    © Feature Article, Sitting by the Dock..., Spaces Magazine, Nov/Dec 2006
    © Feature Article, It's Good to be Green, Florida Today, October 28, 2006
    © Feature Article, Feathers of Fall, Florida Today, October 14, 2006
    © Article and photos, Nature's Exquisite Exterminators - Dragonflies, Florida Gardening, Oct/Nov 2006
    © Article, Living Landscapes: Garden Ponds...., Spaces Magazine, Sept/Oct 2006
    © Article, Exercising Their Right to Have Fun, About Me (Florida Today), September 2006
    © Article and photos, Zen and the Art of Zero Lotline Landscaping, Florida Gardening, Aug/Sept 2006
    © Feature Article, Wonderful Waterscapes, Spaces Magazine, July/August 2006
    © Article, Champion Firebush is Focus of Native Landscape, Florida Wildlife, May/June 2006
    © Feature Article and photos, Feast Your Eyes on Butterflies, Florida Today, June 10, 2006
    © Feature Article and photos, Huts Add Tropical Flair, Florida Today, May 20, 2006
    © Article and photos, Telling the Good Guys from the Bad Guys, Florida Gardening, Jun/Jul 2006
    © Article, Garden Getaways, Spaces Magazine, May/June 2006
    © Feature Article, Nature's Colorful Curiosities, Florida Today, May 6, 2006
    © Feature Article, Light Up The Night Right, Florida Today, April 1, 2006
    © Article, Private Paradise, Spaces Magazine, March/April 2006
    © Article,10 Things You Can Do Right at Home to Help Conserve Fish and Game,Florida Sportsman,Feb.06
    © Essay, Depth of a Fisherman, Florida Wildlife, January/February 2006
    © Feature Article and photos, Gifts for Green Thumbs, Florida Today, December, 10, 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Trees of Christmas Past, Florida Today, December 3, 2005
    © Article and photos, Keeping a Wildlife Habitat Journal, Florida Wildlife, November/December 2005
    © Article, Tough Love for Your Landscape, SpaceCoast Living, November 2005
    © Article and photos, Summer of the Hawks, Florida Wildlife, September/October 2005
    © Article, Grandiose Gardens, Florida Today, October 8, 2005
    © Article and photos, Grow Forth and Multiply: Passalong Plants, Florida Gardening, Oct/Nov 2005
    © Article, Home Show has 'Something for Everybody', Florida Today, Sept. 17, 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, This Garden Rocks, Florida Today, September 3, 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Sunflower Power, Florida Today, August 20, 2005
    © Article, Waterwise Techniques Can Create Beautiful Landscapes, SpaceCoast Living, August 2005
    © Article and photos, The 5 "F's" Landscape, Florida Gardening, Aug/Sept 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Gardens with Gusto, Florida Today, July 16th, 2005
    © Article, Hurricane Hummingbirds, Bird Watcher's Digest, July/August 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Oh, Deer. Look Whose Coming to Dinner, Florida Today, June 11, 2005
    © Feature Article, A Taste of the Exotic, Florida Today, April 23, 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Water, Wildlife and Works of Art, Florida Gardening, Apr/May 2005
    © Feature Article, Passion Flowers Inspire the Masses, Florida Today, March 26th, 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Abuzz about Hummingbirds, Florida Today, February 26th, 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Cultivating Green Thumbs, Florida Today, February 12th, 2005
    © Feature Article, The Sky's The Limit With Today's Treehouses, Florida Today, January 15, 2005
    © Article, Replanting Scarred Landscapes, SpaceCoast Living, January 2005
    © Feature Article, Front Porches Provide True Southern Comfort, Florida Today, January 1, 2005
    © Feature Article and photos, Look What The Storm Blew In, Florida Gardening, Dec/Jan 2005
    © Article, Florida Friendly Yards, Xeriscapes and Native Landscapes, Florida Gardening, Dec/Jan 2005
    © Article, Look What The Storm Blew In, National Wildlife Federation Habitats, Winter 2004
    © Feature Article, Low-Maintenance Landscaping, Florida Today, October 30, 2004
    © Article, Gardening for Wildlife, Hometown News, October 15, 2004
    © Feature Article, Knee Deep in Paradise, SpaceCoast Living, October 2004
    © Article, Storm-weary Gardeners Refuse to Throw in the Trowel, Florida Today, October 2, 2004
    © Article, Help Nature Make a Fresh Start, Hometown News, September 24, 2004
    © Weekly Column, Project Backyard Brevard, The Eagle Weekly, June 24, 2004 - Sept. 2, 2004
      *Hiatus from writing during this period due to other responsibilities.
    © Essay, Cat Woman Reforms for a Dog, Florida Today, November 20, 1999
    © Essay, The Buzz on Yellow Jackets, Florida Today, August 14, 1999
    © Essay, Home Building Really Takes Two, Florida Today, July 2, 1999
    © Feature Article, Host Wildlife Garden Party, Florida Today, January 2, 1999
    © Feature Article, Living in Luxury Began as a Labor of Love, Florida Today, November 14, 1998
    © Feature Article, Call it "Show and Sell", Florida Today, October 24, 1998
    © Feature Article, Does a Funny Mailbox Mean You're a Post 'Card'?, Florida Today, Sept. 19, 1998
    © Feature Article, Paradise Found…In Cocoa Beach, Florida Today, July 25, 1998
    © Feature Article, Preferring the Petite, Florida Today, July 11, 1998
    © Feature Article, Putter Away, Florida Today, June 20, 1998
    © Feature Article, Watch 'em Grow, Florida Today, May 16, 1998
    © Article, Passalong Plants a Friendly Way to Get Something for Nothing, Florida Today,  May 23, '98
    © Essay, Get Personal With Religion, Florida Today, April 3, 1998
    © Feature Article, Flex Green Thumb All Year With Indoor Plants, Florida Today, February 21, 1998
    © Essay, Clutter Contains Many Memories, Florida Today, December 5, 1997
    © Essay, I Blame My Parents for My Life's Joys, Florida Today, June 7, 1996
    © Fiction, Voyeur for Hire, ComputorEdge Magazine, April 12, 1996
    © Essay, Mistaking Love for Other Things, Florida Today, February 9, 1996
    © Essay, Keeping Spirit Throughout the Year, Florida Today, December 22, 1995
    © Article, How To Create Gifts From the Heart, Unity Magazine, December 1995
    © Essay, Surf's Always Up Despite the Waves, Florida Today, September 15, 1995
    © Essay, Groups Offer Child-Care 'Help', Florida Today, August 19, 1995
    © Essay, One Finds Love, Laughs, Life Within Self, Florida Today, August 9, 1995
    © Essay, Into the Woods, Paradise Found, Florida Today, June 24, 1995
    Many more articles are available for immediate publication. Please email if interested.

    Brevard County - Various Government Offices                          
    Web Page Development
    July 2001-February 2002

    Harris Corporation - Various Divisions                                    
    Helpdesk Administrator, Unix System Administrator

     January 1990 - June 2000

    Fulcrum Software Group                                                      
    Software Technician

    September 1989 - January 1990
    Air Compak International                                                     
    Lead Computer Operator
    1985 - September 1989
    Satellite Beach Public Library                                                                               1974 - 1985


    1991 Rollins College. Rockledge Florida
    Computer Programming and Psychology Classes (4.0 GPA)

    1980 - 1984 Brevard Community College. Melbourne, Florida
    AA Degree earned April 1984 (4.0 GPA)


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