I noticed a grasshopper on my paint rag this morning. He posed for a photo. All too often, I have missed moments like this one. Too caught up in matters that seem more important. And as if to send this message home, a butterfly, draped in the garb of her final breath, whispered for my […]
Time magazine recently published an article on the critical role bees play in our agricultural systems and how pesticides are contributing to their deaths. In June of 2013, Portland experienced a massive die off of 25,000 bees because of pesticides used to keep linden trees free of aphids. The pesticides we have come to rely […]
Organic reduces the risks associated with the use of pesticides, moves towards agricultural practices more harmonious with nature and cuts back on fossil fuel dependence. However, organic foods cost more than their conventional counterparts. If your concern primarily focuses on reducing exposure to pestides then you can take the middle road of eating organic versions […]
One of the best places to go for a hike and view flowers in the East Bay is Briones Regional Park. Take your trip in early April after the March rains. You can still see wildflowers in late April or early May, but they usually hit their peak much sooner.
We took a week long trip to Alaska. When I arrived in Anchorage just before Labor Day, snowflakes were already drifting across the road. As we drove towards Homer, everyone else drove the other way. Perhaps it was a sign that we should be leaving rather than arriving. We were not deterred. Instead, we were […]