Category Archives: Friends

Poetry in the Ocean: Full Moon, High Tide, and Whale Songs

In early August, I took a visiting friend – a behavioral biologist who studies marine mammals – out to Limantour Beach in Point Reyes. She loved the mountains, the arch of cypress and great eucalyptus trees over the road, the … 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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Samhain and Day of the Dead

Somehow, it’s that time again – the spiders in their season, spotted orb-weavers spinning their webs. Samhain – also known as Hallowe’en – is the pagan New Year, the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, and the … Continue reading

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Tule Elk at Tomales Point

First, I wanted to acknowledge and thank everyone for your incredible outpouring of kindness after my recent post. We feel so lucky, and so loved – and it helps me accept that everything will work out. And now for something … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Change

So, the back stairs have been repaired, and our building painted.  The idea of “home” runs so strong and deep it feels a physical part of me, painful to separate from. Thinking we’ll soon have to leave here, in between … Continue reading

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Napa-Sonoma Marshes

On a recent cold and overcast day, B. and I set out with a dear friend to hike at the Napa Sonoma Marshes. This wide-open and flat space of thousands of acres is of prime importance to migratory birds. Coots, … Continue reading

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Hope in the Garden

Today I went down to our garden. The construction work on our back stairs has gradually taken over the whole yard, as the contractor discovers more rot within the ancient boards holding up our back room. Large hunks of concrete … Continue reading

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