Category Archives: Poetry

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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Solstice: a Paradise of Forms in Nature

Summer solstice is upon us: the time of year we fully celebrate the daylight in all its glory: when the earth tilts on its axis to most directly face the sun – which is highest in the sky – and … Continue reading

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The Lichenologist, or, Taking a Liking to Lichen

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist! ) This bad pun was even made by our instructor at a recent class B. and I took at the Pepperwood Preserve, a nature preserve focusing on conservation, research, and public education. We knew nothing about lichens … Continue reading

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May Day/Beltane

Happy May Day! Today we celebrate both the venerable tradition of honoring our workers, and the holiday also known as Beltane in some parts of the world. This holiday celebrates the coming of spring and summer, and focuses on fertility … Continue reading

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Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! This 46-year-old holiday is commemorated this year by world leaders signing the Paris Agreement on climate change at the UN in New York – a great step, but the real work will be to take aggressive action to protect our … Continue reading

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Spring Blues for a Green Garden

Happy Spring! Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote Geoffrey Chaucer, Prologue to the Canterbury Tales …and then, from the deluge and burst of sunshine – the plants burst into life!   … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

Green I love you green green the wind, and green the branches. The dark ship on the sea and the horse on the mountain. — Federico Garcia Lorca from Romance Sonámbulo This poem I love is on my mind as I … Continue reading

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