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Snowy Walkabout

One of the many miracles of nature is the unforeseen lesson: out of the blue, she teaches you something new. Yesterday I went for a walk in the local woods, seeking burls on fallen trees to make a kuksa, a … Continue reading

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A Beautiful, Desperate Struggle

It was my good fortune recently to travel to Costa Rica and there to experience firsthand that country’s remarkable biodiversity. From rainforest to cloud forest, Costa Rica offers a dazzling and at times overwhelming array of species. Coati, tree frogs, … Continue reading

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Leaving the Firmament

One of the many debts we owe Native American culture is the hammock. I recall in childhood my first discovery of a hammock, a beguiling swing-like contraption on the deck of some forgotten building. Wooden spreader bars held a fascinating … Continue reading

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Portents

It happens every year, without warning. Summer is still in full swing, the sun still bright and hot, the days long and hot. I break a sweat easily during these days, pausing mid-activity to discover I am soaked by the … Continue reading

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Owls

When we first moved into our present house seven years ago, we soon noticed that a pair of barred owls (strix varia) was roosting in one of the tall cedars toward the rear of our property. Spring came along, and … Continue reading

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Imbibing Spring

Poet Emily Dickinson is one who speaks to me through her verse, as below, when she describes the sheer, intoxicating joy of reveling in Nature’s beauty. I, too, have been an Inebriate of air, reeling through endless summer days; I, … Continue reading

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Spring, finally.

This morning as my coffee brewed and the early morning sun began to burn off the cool of the previous night, my mind drifted outside of my home to speculate on the changes that this long winter’s late spring would … Continue reading

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