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Saving the Soil on the Winter Solstice

Winter solstice traditionally commemorates the end of the growing season – the year’s shortest day and longest night – and return of living things to the soil. As the days begin to lengthen once again, it’s a time of quieting … Continue reading

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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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Autumn Equinox: Colors of Nature

At Autumn Equinox, we savor the bittersweet delights of a late garden: plaintive call of migrating geese overhead; the hint of fragrance released when brushing against lemon balm and basil; the unparalleled sweetness of the last tomatoes; and, as the seasonal slant … Continue reading

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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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Bringing in the Harvest

Happy Lammas/Lughnasa to all! Somehow, we’ve passed high summer and autumn is already around the corner. Days shorten and nights grow longer, and the traditional harvest celebration has arrived. It rained more last winter than it had in years. And, … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day (or Beltane) celebrations traditionally involve bonfires, and dancing around a Maypole to commemorate the coming of summer and the fertility of the growing season ahead. Observances such as our local march pictured here, also honor labor for International Workers’ Day, … Continue reading

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