If You Find a Baby Animal …

Spring is the season of rebirth and the celebration of new life. Sometimes,though, the cycle of life is interrupted. Our hearts go out to injured and orphaned baby animals. Their cute faces, spots, and soft appearance makes us want to cuddle and care for them. Please don’t. Sometimes a good and willing […]

‘Possum Philosophy

Many changes are upon us this year, everything from economics to politics to society to energy, and the earth herself. Who better to show us how to navigate these uncertainties than Opossum? I asked to talk with Ashley, Sulphur Creek Nature Center’s resident senior female opossum. She came as a rescue after […]

Thoughts on “Forty”

Forty days, forty nights, forty years. We are in the midst of the season of Lent in the Christian calendar – that period of forty days of cleansing before celebrating the crucified Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. The number forty, though, doesn’t always mean a count of forty. It has symbolic meaning, in […]

Some Assembly Required

“Some assembly required” is a familiar phrase that can mean a tweak here or there, or a long session of hair-pulling frustration. Lots of things come in boxes emblazoned with a picture of the promised product, and in very small print the warning, “some assembly required.” Sometimes we even have to read […]

Conversation with Crow

Crows frequent our neighborhood park in increasing numbers, ganged in trees and arrayed on overhead power lines. I listen to their caws, warning calls and family chortles. Crows and other corvids are considered the most intelligent birds, able to use tools and mimic many sounds. Their most deadly natural enemy is the […]

Dragons and New Beginnings

Dragons come in all sizes, real and mythical, benevolent and testy, interior and exterior. They’ve accompanied people from the dawn of time to the present day, and now welcome us into the Lunar New Year. I’ve long been fascinated with dragons. In Chinese legendary stories, dragons are from the heavens. They’re mystic, […]

Light in the Dark

The darkest time of year is upon us. There are no shortcuts through it, or through the dark places within. Yet spots of joy light the path, to keep us from wandering in dark circles: ♦ A bright yellow flower, or a rose bush’s gift of an out-of-season blossom; ♦ A smile, […]

Cardinal in My Sister’s Garden

The female cardinal wears a light brown cloak over her red-orange dress as she monitors her feeding station in my sister’s garden. The cardinal shares with other females of her kind, but doesn’t tolerate different species. The bright red tuft-headed male stays out of this territorial monitoring.  I asked the female cardinal […]

Reunion, Re-Union

Reunion. It’s one of those great words that is a noun and also can be a verb. It’s “the act of reuniting; the state of being reunited; a gathering of members of a group who have been separated; ex. A reunion of parts or particles of matter.” [Merriam-Webster] Re-union can be an internal […]

The Spider’s Web

Garden orb spiders have been busy around our house, netting bushes, trees, house and mailbox with silver. Morning dew glistens as the sun reflects from a thousand tiny points of light. The spiders are stitching the world together. A couple of spiders offered to share their thoughts. I was struck by how […]

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George Eliot
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Gandhi
"There is little that separates humans from other sentient beings – we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all deeply crave to be alive and live freely, and we all share this planet together." - attributed to Gandhi
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