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Invitation by Mary Oliver

 Oh do you have time to linger for just a little while out of your busy  and very important day for the goldfinches that have gathered in a field of thistles  for a musical battle, to see who can sing the highest note, or the lowest,  or the most expressive of mirth, or the most tender? Their strong, blunt beaks drink the air  as they strive melodiously not for your sake and not for mine  and not for the sake of...

A new website

Some of you may miss my old blog posts. The truth is that I'm in the middle of a total renovation of my website, and the old blog posts seem to have died in the process. I still have them all as text documents, but have chosen to only repeat the last two. Panta rhei - all things change. I apologize to those who miss the old...

Postcards from the Garden - July

Summer temperatures have hit an all-time high here: 38 C (100.4 F) yesterday and 39 (102) expected today. Combined with our customary high humidity, it feels brutal, and it doesn’t cool off much at night. I have read that this is now such a world-wide phenomenon that climate-change doubters will really need to face the facts. The birds understand how to keep cool. Hordes of small birds, including the Willow Warblers pictured here, splash in the...

Pay Attention

I recently ran into a Mary Oliver quote that struck a deep chord: Instructions for living a life:Pay attention.Be astonished.Tell about it. (excerpt from Sometimes by Mary Oliver) I know that people who engage in magical thinking would believe that the quote appeared because I needed to read it at that particular time. Actually, I suspect that I simply noticed it because I needed to read it. (I’m familiar with the poem and had read over those...

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