Tide’s Out

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”—Harriet Beecher Stowe “Always the edge of the sea remains an elusive and indefinable boundary. The shore has a dual nature, changing with the swing of the tides, belonging now to the land, now to the sea.” — Rachel Carlson … More Tide’s Out

Eye-catching Delight

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” — Marcus Aurelius “Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.” — Richard Feynman *   *   * Unofficially known as the national bird of Kenya, the colorful Lilac Breasted Roller inhabits much of eastern and southern Africa and is often found … More Eye-catching Delight

Welcome home

“The wildflower wreath of feeling, the sunbeam of the heart.” — Fitz-Greene Halleck “Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring.” — Bram Stoker   *   *   * Fall colors offer welcome greeting — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2018

Turkey Tail

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” — Sarah Addison Allen “Humans are, by nature, pattern-seeking animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns whether they exist of not.” — Michael Shermer Not a delicate pastry crust, but a fungus—turkey tail, to be … More Turkey Tail

Be Still and Listen

“If we are willing to be still and open enough to listen, wilderness itself will teach us.” — Steven Harper “There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” — Linda Hogan *   *   … More Be Still and Listen

Noblest of fruits

Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” — Jane Austin “I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream.…” — Mark Twain … More Noblest of fruits

Sneeze-bringers

“I know the lands are lit, with all the autumn blaze of Goldenrod.” — Helen Hunt Jackson “Sneeze-bringers and seed-bearers, full of bees and yellow beads and perfect flowerlets…” So writes poet Mary Oliver when describing the infamous goldenrod. To author Stephen King, they are “that most tenacious and pernicious and beauteous of all New … More Sneeze-bringers