Brush Fire and Essential Workers!

It was my first time ever calling 911. I already know I turn into jelly when emergencies crop up but, surprisingly, I felt calm as I reached for the phone. Even remembered my own address and phone number when the dispatcher asked! Our backyard borders a field of dry...

Stay-at-Home #2: Time to Notice the Little Things

I’m acutely aware of babbling these days. Not the soothing babbling brook kind, but the sound of my own voice — droning on and on and on. As people hunker down in their own cocoons under Stay-at-Home orders, the growing silence has made me aware of my own voice more...

Relief from Persistent Bad News: Carrot Art

Just picture its simplicity. A little carrot doing its own thing and nary a mole in sight! I keep this simple little image from my garden in front of me as a reminder to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and c-a-l-m d-o-w-n. No matter how bad the latest news is, even the tiniest bit of...

Nature: A Pause that Refreshes

Unbelievably, a mother bird has chosen our porch as her maternity ward. She’s huddled her little Junco nest into the branches of a small needlepoint ivy planted in the hanging pot. We walk by it everyday, all day, and she is unflinching in her devotion to her four...

Take a Brain Break With Nature – 5/10

Blame it on the weather or…. just another version of “the dog ate my homework.” This Clue is late because I’ve been digging weeds and can’t pull my eyes away from watching my yard bloom. Here in the Pacific Northwest, where the weather changes every 15 minutes,...