Category Archives: Family

Bats in the Garden for Halloween

Samhain/Halloween/Dia de los Muertos marks the end of the harvest season, and needed time for honoring and mourning the dead – especially acute this year. And as we’re harvesting the last of our pumpkins, it’s time to start planting new garden … Continue reading

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Fire Stories and Signs of Hope

The evening of October 8 began strangely – we went outside and remarked on the warm, high winds. That night, the deadliest fire in state history blazed throughout northern California, awakening residents of multimillion-dollar homes as well as mobile homes … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice and the Longest Night

Happy Solstice! On this shortest day and longest night of the year, autumn’s harvest season ends and winter begins. Nearby, a wonderful local bookstore hosts the Point Reyes Books annual reading, named after Wendell Berry‘s “To Know the Dark”: To go in … Continue reading

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Pumpkins for Day of the Dead

Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead: this most important holiday commemorates the end of the harvest season, and the start of the fallowing of the earth as it rejuvenates in slumber until the following year. Fortunately, recent rain brought us a harvest with … Continue reading

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Threshing

Lammas or Lughnasa, the ancient harvest festival, is traditionally observed between sunset August 1 and sunset August 2. Sitting in the garden as the sun goes down, separating arugula seeds from their pods, is a meditative business. To my mind … Continue reading

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Solstice Among the Fauna

As we celebrate the Summer Solstice – the year’s longest day, celebrating the fullness of life – I’m thinking about my mother, who would have just turned 88. One of her greatest gifts to me was passing along her utter wonder at … Continue reading

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May in Roseland

Happy May Day! Whatever your traditions – whether Celtic Beltane maypoles, encircled with ribbons by dancers; jumping over a bonfire, or crowning a May Queen – now the seeds have been planted, and these rituals ensure a bountiful harvest, and protection of crops and farm animals. … Continue reading

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