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Book Review: CORRAG by Susan Fletcher

Heartbreaking, breathtaking, hopeful… of Jacobites and the fierce loyalty to kings … and the Glencoe Massacre Read More…

For The Joy Of Animals: Mouse Maid

Apparently Cinderella isn’t the only one with a mouse helper. Handy & compact maybe having a mouse maid will be the next little thing… A mouse has been captured tidying up bits and bobs in a pensioner's shed. Stephen McKears… Continue Reading →

Perspectives: Family Dairy Farm

Abe Voelker's ON THE DEATH OF MY FAMILY'S DAIRY FARM shares an in-depth and well-researched insider's perspective on family farming, Dairy farming and the systemic changes brought by big agra and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) over the last 100 years. Voelker explores not just why it is leading to the death of family farms and farmer suicides, but what we are all losing in the process.

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Much food for thought and well worth the time!

For The Joy of Animals: A Tail Dragging Bald Eagle

When you watch bald eagles being raised in near blizzard conditions, you might get the impression that they are pretty impervious to the cold. But, as one bald eagle found out the hard way, given the right circumstances mother nature… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE NATURE FIX by Florence Williams

I don’t review a great number of nonfiction on Goodreads, but to those who know me (and my penchant for fiction writing that includes sensory nature descriptions), it’s probably no surprise that THE NATURE FIX: WHY NATURE MAKES US HAPPIER,… Continue Reading →

This little book took me by surprise in a big way. A debut with a long list of well-deserved literary honors.

The language is poetic and lyrical. Taylor Brown creates an incredible sense of place that transports the reader.

Beautiful And Cute But Still Voracious Predators

If something is beautiful or cute we tend to think of it as friendly, happy or, at the very least, benign.  But few things look and act that simply.

Location Isn’t Just A Place, It’s An Environment

The first, second, and third rule of real estate is — Location, Location, Location!  But location isn’t just a place.  And, it isn’t something static. Location is an entire environment… — A dynamic relationship that is constantly changing and evolving in an ebb… Continue Reading →

Book Review: TRUE PLACES by Sonia Yoerg

For starters: that cover! It spoke to me immediately. But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful. While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg’s novels, TRUE PLACES has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and… Continue Reading →

Universal Well-Being And Planetary Considerations

What will it take for us to let go of our endless debates and finger-pointings over global warming or global climate change?  When will we begin to truly recognize that the heart of our human existence and survival is the… Continue Reading →

Book Review: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

I was fascinated by WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING when I first learned about author Delia Owens’s background studying wildlife in Africa, and her awards as a nature writer. I was in the mood for a book lush in setting and… Continue Reading →

Then The Giant Wasps Came

The odds were running high against the young Kohlrabi plants from the start.  They were an impulse buy spurred on by my childhood memories of eating them raw and fresh peeled from my grandmother’s garden.  I love Kohlrabi’s sweet cabbagey… Continue Reading →

Mule Deer Shows Some Tough Love

This mother mule deer in Arizona, doting and attentive just a week before, warns her young buck away. Why? It turns out she is pregnant with a new fawn, and that she’s taught the year-old buck all she can about… Continue Reading →

Topi’s Camping Adventure

What did you do this summer? That seems to be the universal question of greeting as summer winds down and we begin to migrate back to our normal routine of work, school, and fall social occasions. Of course, how you… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE REMOVES by Tatjana Soli

Wow. I could probably stop there, honestly, because that’s about all you need to know. But… I can’t do that because I loved this book too much not to talk about it. THE REMOVES by Tatjana Soli is an intense portrayal… Continue Reading →

Book Review: PECULIAR SAVAGE BEAUTY by Jessica McCann

In Jessica McCann’s PECULIAR SAVAGE BEAUTY you get a front-row view of the horrors of the American Dust Bowl. Your skin will sting with torrents of dust, your eyes will burn from the grit, your heart will race. Yes, you will… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown

Wow! What a fascinating book written with absolutely gorgeous, transporting prose. I tend to enjoy dual-period books, but THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown actually is a rare treat in that it weaves a third period into the storyline,… Continue Reading →

How Deep Is Your Love?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (February), and World Spay Day (the last Thursday in February) — A letter from DOMESTIC ANIMAL COMPANIONS (PETS) UNITED FOR A BETTER FUTURE: Dear Humans: This may seem like a strange… Continue Reading →

Music: Augustin Hadelich’s “Fantasy of the Cats”

We listen to music for a variety of reasons — to relax, to distract, to celebrate, to evoke a memory, to capture a moment, to alter our mood, to reflect our emotions, to enhance our brain functions… But, have you… Continue Reading →

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