A few years ago, local writer and retired ecologist Mary Willson was watching American Dippers sing and flit in and out of a stream when she thought of a few rhyming lines.
“Up along the creek, / where the water tumbles down, / There’s a singer in the stream — / a songster of reknown…”
Her family had a tradition of writing holiday jingles, Willson said.
“It was a habit,” she said. “I was just sitting out there watching one day, and all the sudden some words fell into place.”