Community Garden

Community Garden

Monterey, California   The first thing I saw walking through the wobbly gate of the community garden was a cluster of bright orange flowering California poppies. The garden was a ramshackle collection of overgrown planting boxes, a mix of flowers, vegetables, and...
Morning Lightness

Morning Lightness

Ojai Valley, Ojai, California The waitress sat me at the worst table in the whole restaurant, at the apex of the hall to the restrooms and the door to the kitchen (I can sense you cringing). But I had a perfect view of people straggling in the door, backlight by the...
The Clumsy Squirrel

The Clumsy Squirrel

Rising Park, Lancaster, Ohio Rocky missed his branch. I was waiting for a neighbor who wasn’t home to answer the door. A stuttering chatter came from the roof, followed by a leap towards a giant oak tree. The squirrel’s front claws dug into the bark, spinning him...
Rewilding

Rewilding

Monterey, California   We’re having the perfect spring rainstorm. It blew in sometime last night, and I woke up to its steady pattering. Instead of the wild downpours we’ve been having, this storm is a wonderful dripping, gurgling rain, the kind with a purring...
Sea Legs

Sea Legs

Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California   When I arrived at the pier, the sun was just about to break over the horizon. A golden glow filled the eastern sky. Within minutes, the sun crested the hill, casting the sailboats into silhouettes. Seagulls floated...