Category Archives: How Things Grow

Raking Dead Sunshine and Devil’s Cats

All summer long the cherry trees have been soaking up the sunshine and converting it into green leaves. They are falling to the ground, and lie quietly, no longer shining, thousands of sunshine corpses. It doesn’t take long before there … Continue reading

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The World is Iridescent

On a sunny fall day, the world is iridescent. A luminous green fly shines on a corn leaf. A forest of corn is an insect haven. Every leaf has a fly, a wasp, or some other insect. The sunflowers have … Continue reading

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Summer Closes Its Door, Fall Opens Its

Summer closed its door this week and is gone for good. Fall’s door opened with gentle rains, sprinkled with a few lightning bolts and thunder. Two days of cool rain and the forest paths are soft and moist again. It … Continue reading

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Just a Few More Days

Our heat wave is almost over. Just a few more days and we’ll be back to our regular Pacific Northwest days. The forecast is for the sea breezes to return Wednesday evening. Thanks to a deep well which lets us … Continue reading

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SCOBY-Do

Here’s the latest child to take up residence here, or should I call it another indoor garden? About three weeks ago I ordered some kefir grains and started culturing a glass of kefir in the kitchen window. The grains are … Continue reading

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Under a Cloudless Sky

Day after day of sun and warm weather is taking its toll. Some of the trees have given up and are letting their leaves go, turning to fall’s crimson colors months early. And there is no rain in the forecast. … Continue reading

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Peel, peel, peel

The slow growing madrona tree is peeling. It’s something madrona trees do, and it is what makes them so beautiful. Their bright red, peeling bark, reminds me of my many childhood sunburns. A game my sister and I used to … Continue reading

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