Category Archives: our yard

When in Doubt, Unplug and Go Outdoors

My anxiety level went up in November 2016, but I told myself, “Maybe it won’t be as bad as we fear.”  Well, it isn’t — in many ways it is worse.  I suppose it could get much worse. I’ve marched, … Continue reading

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Wild land vs domesticated land

I grew up in a Southern California suburb, where the only wild things were the birds, gophers, and moles.  Now I live in a Northern California semi-rural small town, next to a wildlife conservation area and the Redwood National/State Park.   … Continue reading

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Happy Beltane!

Beltane is a Celtic holiday still celebrated in many parts of the world.  Here is what is happening in Edinburgh and at Glastonbury.  I’ve danced round a May Pole at Society for Creative Anachonism (SCA) events, and sat around fires with … Continue reading

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Backyard Birds

Several years ago we put up a feeder in our backyard for the local birds.  It’s gotten very battered and worn, and at one point we had to add a tie-down to the lid so the neighbor’s cat wouldn’t climb … Continue reading

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Sound of crows

I grew up in Southern California, in an area that was once all orchards and corn fields, so I grew up with the sound of crows.  I think of it as a very friendly sound, a sound of conversation and … Continue reading

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Heirloom Plants

The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth; One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.           — by Dorothey Frances Gurney My mom was a gardner.  She loved … Continue reading

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Cutting berry bushes

  Our house is on the west-facing slope of a ridge, with the Redwood National and State Parks beginning at the top of the ridge behind us, and the Pacific Ocean in front of us (less than a mile away … Continue reading

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