Wild Things Are Among Us

Bobcats, Snakes and Spiders They were here before us and live here still. The cats, reptiles and arachnids mind their business and we mind ours. There are others too–the roadrunners, the quail, the elk and the deer–to mention just a few. The spiders have been with us all along–the occasional tarantula climbing the stucco-covered walls […]

#WATWB–Foster Otter Moms

It’s that time again–the end of the month when we celebrate good news via the We Are the World Blogfest. This one’s a little different inasmuch as it’s otters doing the good deeds, albeit with the aid of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Rosa and Selka get lots of attention in their starring roles at the public […]

#WATWB August 2019–The Carter Center Liberia’s Mental Health Program

Liberia’s Growing Mental Health Workforce Gives Greater Access for Youth and Young Adults Seeking Care A news release  from The Carter Center reports: Eighteen clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today at the Deana Kay Isaacson School of Midwifery in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County in southeastern Liberia. The class training was developed […]

#WATWB Solar Cooking–Reducing Carbon Footprints

Many challenges in July–continuing into August. Yet here we are with a good news post. A reference to the source of this post is included in a feature on the world’s climate crisis in the delayed first edition of the Eagle Peak Annual. (Formerly a Quarterly) The point for this inclusion is the fact that […]

#WATWB June 2019

Didn’t get the reminder this month, but here’s something for the We Are the World Blogfest–that monthly message of  good news. No politics, no crime, no pessimism–just people doing things to make others happier or healthier. Or making the world a better place. Here’s a new one on me, culinary arts therapy. I’ll have to […]

#WATWB Aiding Disabled Pets

Because I once or twice contributed to a Go Fund Me campaign, I occasionally get announcements of success stories. This is one of them that fits nicely within the monthly WATWB post. Gunnar was hit by a truck on February 16th of 2014. . . On that cold winter day in a rural Wisconsin vet […]

Spring Soon Becomes Summer and WATWB for April

A twofer–#WATWB and Spring “Care granted to the sick, welcome offered to the banished, forgiveness itself are worth nothing without a smile enlightening the deed.” So says Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Letter to a Hostage. Maria Popova has a wonderful piece about the short-lived author (1900-1944) of The Little Prince in her Brain Pickings site. While a […]

Putting Yourself In Someone Else’s Shoes

It’s a good thing to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Sometimes you have no other choice. She can’t wear hers at all for another few weeks. The foot surgery March 20th ensures that. So I’m relearning tasks we used to share when we both worked and had kids at home. Laundry Grocery shopping Cooking–up […]

Spring Has Sprung

It’s an early spring for plants, birds and more. A cold and dreary winter in southwestern New Mexico has yielded to warmer weather and growing things. The first agave began popping up on a precarious ledge in late March. This photo is from the 27th. Despite its challenged base, it will be large–probably fifteen feet […]

The Tree

Observations make the scene. Especially when the story is not coming. We remark on this one often enough. So today it is a snippet. Transfixed. Obsessed somewhat we think. Limbs and needles moving in the breeze. Sun and shadows vie for his attention. What does he see that we don’t? Another lifetime, perhaps. He might […]