Like a Bad B-Movie

If you’ve followed the news recently you’ve probably heard of efforts worldwide to try to create techno-bees, mechanical/computerized replacements for the real thing. The reason is that, as most people are aware, the bees we use most to pollinate our crops are suffering huge die-offs globally due to a malady known as Colony Collapse Disorder […]

Ode to Solitude

By Alexander Pope. Circa 1700. Long a favorite. Happy the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire. Blest! […]

Rain Trees

There’s a kind of tree known commonly in some parts of the world as “rain trees”. The botanical name for these trees is Albizia saman. According to Wikipedia, “The name ‘rain tree’ was coined in tropical India, especially Bengal. Its origin is the moisture that collects on the ground under the tree, largely the honeydew-like […]

Plant a Tree

We’re almost exactly on the other side of the year from Arbor Day; the next day it falls on is April 28, 2017. But I just thought I’d put in a plug for tree planting anyway. There’s just something uniquely satisfying about watching something you planted with your own hands grow and bloom! There’s a […]

Half Feral

Saturday hike in a rare California rain. Just me and the boy. Couldn’t let it pass. The place, the Los Padres National Forest: mountain grass/woodland – my favorite. Everywhere was a misty Monet, and it only took a few steps to fade into the painting. … We tip-toed through sleepy meadow tallgrass bent under the […]

Hi Valley

This is a hike that I’ve only walked a few times, yet it’s a beauty. The first time, I discovered it quite by accident years ago. No signs or marker, just a thin trail I happened to notice meekly winding it’s secretive way through the grassy woodland until it was lost from view. I took […]

The Mountains Are Calling

and I must go. ~ John Muir More than a year ago I wrote a post about my desire to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. All 2,650 miles of it. From Canada to Mexico. I’ve long believed that everyone needs at least one real journey in his/her life. Most people that hike the PCT go […]

Opalescence: a Top Read for 2016.

Some good news re: Opalescence. I am not one to loudly trumpet my successes (few and far between though they are). However, in this case, not mentioning the following I think would be counter-productive (perhaps because they are so few and far between). If you’ve clicked on the Library Journal icon on this blog you’ve […]