“Nature:  The phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.”  Oxford English Dictionary I planned to write this blog about canning jars, a pleasant, non-controversial subject.  But then something happened.  Sorry, but I think I’ll have to […]

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d revisit my favorite poetry form in this month’s blog.  Several years ago on a trip to Victoria, Canada, I discovered the joy of writing haiku (see Vacation Haiku).  I love the simplicity of this Japanese style of poetry, which has only three short, spare lines that […]

Sorry, the title translates to “I love birds.”  I just wrote it in French to make it sound more passionate.  It’s February, after all. February.  The month of hearts and flowers, of chocolate and love–and more chocolate.  It’s also 2018, which has been designated the Year of the Bird by the Audubon Society and a few […]

  I love the New Year.  Discounting the one miserable time my husband and I rang in the New Year with a norovirus, it always feels like a new beginning, like anything can happen.  I look ahead and see the promise of new adventures and (hopefully good) challenges, of new opportunities to make positive changes […]

  I guess I’ve put off this blog for about as long as humanly possible.  Remember?  The one I said I’d write to report on how my “Week Without Plastic” went?  Of course you don’t, because this was ages ago.  But yeah, well, about that… I failed, okay? To begin with, I only kept a […]

The giant jellyfish dangled from the ceiling–a vivid yellow and orange, almost luminous. Pretty until you stepped closer and realized it was composed entirely of ugly plastic garbage found washed up on the beach.  Plastic buoys and plastic ropes.  Plastic styrofoam pieces and plastic bottles.  Plastic items you couldn’t even identify anymore. It was early […]