Category Archives: Nature

An Avian Stray

Last Friday afternoon, I came home from various errands to find a magpie with a broken wing in the back yard. Seeming dazed, it was swung its head back and forth, as if its vision was impaired, and flapped wings … Continue reading

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Stories…again.

Yesterday, at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Sacramento Branch of the California Writer’s Club, someone asked what I blog about – an excellent question. Though it might not be obvious looking at eight years worth of posts here, it … Continue reading

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The White Snake – An Enigmatic Tale from the Brothers Grimm

I once had a professor who made an extensive study of world folklore and said the greatest predictor of success for a fairytale hero is winning the help of an animal guide. Most often, the helpful animals are mammals, like … Continue reading

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Silence, Stillness

If we have a bit of quiet time and pay attention at the turning of the year, we can feel a pause in the world and rest there. It’s easier to experience this in the natural world, but what we … Continue reading

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Wild Eating

This post isn’t really about food fights in school cafeterias – some of us have matured (a bit) since those days.  Actually, the photo of John Belushi was a classic bait-and-switch, a ploy to draw you into a post about … Continue reading

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Yule ~ The Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year

Originally posted on Lily Wight:
Updated 18/12/2014      There are four Solar Quarter Days (two equinoxes and two solstices) on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  Yule or The Winter Solstice is celebrated during a twelve day period from…

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Heat and Air

Here’s why I may be a bit light on blog posts for the next week and a half: we have an obsolete heat and air system and a lot of collapsed ducts.  We also have a trusted heat and air … Continue reading

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Assurance: a poem by William Stafford and autumn photographs

We were fortunate enough to be able to spend most of last week in Yosemite.  Though all seasons are wonderful there, late fall is my favorite in the Sierras.  It had recently snowed, and another storm was said to be … Continue reading

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