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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 →

Plantain Fries — A Healthier Option

One of the things about becoming healthy is all the foods you must give up. I’ve had a love hate relationship with French fries my entire life. My taste buds love them and my hips hate them. Potatoes are something… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I loved GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton – which surprised me, since this novel was billed as a post-apocalyptic story. I have read only a handful of such stories and warmed only slightly to them (The Age of Miracles,… 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 →

Fast Facts on Hurricanes

The month of September is peak hurricane season.  The Atlantic Hurricane season is June 1st  through November 30th.  So as Florence makes her way slowly down the Atlantic coast, it seemed a good time to compile some fast facts on hurricanes…. 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 →

Walking In Nature — A Basic Tool For Creative Multitasking

Author Julia Cameron points out that one of the most valuable tools for creativity is one of the simplest — walking. When she wrote THE ARTIST’S WAY she didn’t address exercise until week 12 in the program. In IT’S NEVER… 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 →

Words: “The Field Of All Possibilities…”

When all the stars align in our favor, we tend to feel a sense of self-satisfaction that the universe has fallen into place for us.  But instead, maybe we should feel a sense of humbling recognition that among the field… 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 →

Would Your Ideal Americans be — Honest, Kind, Strong, and Responsible?

These days, it is kind of hard not to believe the great American divide is all around us. As proof we are bombarded daily with endless examples of a society divided by class, race, gender, politics, finances… And not to… Continue Reading →

Blueberry Season Is Here — Enjoy The Bounty

During blueberry season it is easy to find fresh blueberries in abundance in grocery stores and farmer’s markets.  We have the added treat of having fresh blueberries growing in our yard. Plus, I know that the fruit was grown without… 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 →

FDR’s Words: ” Forests Are The Lungs Of Our Land “

The Dust Bowl was the worst drought in U.S. history, covering more than 75 percent of the country and affecting 27 states severely.  The drought lasted nearly a decade, from 1930-1939. It’s impacts lasted decades longer.  Topsoil from the drought… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “Nature Brings Solace In All Troubles”

Within her diary, first published as THE SECRET ANNEX and later published as THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, Anne Frank expresses her belief in the healing power of nature — “amidst the simple beauty of nature…will always be comfort… Continue Reading →

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