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With the Eyes of a Child: Ode to the Einsteins of the World

I wondered: is the dark side of the moon darker tonight?

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The Wind in The Willows is Inspiration Enough

In the foreword to the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame wrote: Every animal, by instinct, lives according to his nature. Thereby he lives wisely, and betters the tradition of mankind. No animal is ever tempted to belie his nature. No animal, in other words, knows how to tell a lie.   …

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On Gardening, For All the Tender Creatures

  Sometimes my heart stops for the tender little creatures in the world. Like the pair of fawns and the doe we’ve seen feeding in our  yard lately. During our morning walk today the little ones jumped right out in front of us not 20 feet ahead. They were so strong and graceful as they …

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Every Day IS Earth Day

Happy Belated Earth Day. Does it seem odd to anyone else that we have designated one day of the year as Earth Day? Shouldn’t every day be Earth Day? If you think about it, every day IS Earth Day. For Us. We wake up in the morning and go to bed at night on the …

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Love Rain’s

The rains came…the bleakness and austerity of the drought is driven back by showers and boisterous marine air. The sky is scoured clean of the haze and smog that had funneled over from the wildfires to the east. Fire behaviors have moderated under the influence of the moister air. It’s a long-awaited relief. Somehow, despite …

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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of Nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.      May Sarton

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The Dry Years

It’s hot this summer. Too hot. Like hide in the house with the air conditioning on hot. I hate that. I grew up on the East Coast and my memories of summer are of being really hot, really sweaty and really burned out most of the time. As a kid, my frustrated mother used to …

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Sally Tisdale on The West

“And who hasn’t leaned west, at least once? Caught in the longing for something far off, over a hill, around a bend–something just glimpsed in the falling sunlight of evening and tinted gold. We are each caught that way once or twice, struck dumb by the possibility of a life altogether new. And some of …

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Inspiration: N. Scott Momaday

Here, at this hour, in this season, you do not expect that something extraordinary will happen, only that a bird will call out in a moment, and a low wind arise, carry, and descend. From The Names: A Memoir by N. Scott Momaday

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Roethke

I learned not to fear infinity, The far field, the windy cliffs of forever, The dying of time in the white light of tomorrow, The wheel turning away from itself, The sprawl of the wave, The on-coming water. from The Far Field by Theodore Roethke

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