Neighborhood

Sep 23, 2012
A few weekends ago, a large pine tree in our backyard felled a massive branch.  It wiped out the fence between two neighboring properties.  It took three days of labor from Donald, my father, and one of the neighbors to chop →MORE...

Healthy Child Healthy World blogging prompt: What sort of nature adventures do we love best? “Do you hear that?” I ask my daughter.  We stand still and silent on the trail.  She nods exuberantly. “What sort of animal makes that sound, →MORE...

Jul 18, 2012
“Look!  Charlotte, look!  Do you see the coyote?” I said excitedly as I scooped her into my arms and took her to the living room window. The coyotes are having a rough year here.  In the autumn through early spring, we →MORE...

Nov 01, 2011
Halloween in our neighborhood is, and always has been, a low-key affair.  We’re short on street lights in these hills, but long on creepy shadows and active nocturnal animals, so only kids with nerves of steel come up to collect candy. →MORE...

Jul 29, 2011
As a testament to the fact that I have never before grown squash, I planted the vast majority of my squash plants (no idea what type of squash - they came in a mixed seed packet) within a foot of a →MORE...