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For Mother’s Day, I celebrate by going into the woods with Zachary. My younger son has never been attuned to the day-to-day cycles of school and work that drive most. He is attuned instead to whatever green patch of nature […]

into the Woods on Mother's Day


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Sometimes there would be a flash of feathers. Other times I’d see something out of the corner of my eye, but then I would turn and it would be gone. Rumors sprang up around the cubicles about a possible bird […]

The King of Michigan Avenue


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While bending over to yank some invasive English ivy from the herb garden in my front yard, I split the seat of my pants. It took approximately four seconds for my brain to connect the soft, gentle tearing sound and […]

I Ripped My Pants and I ...



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Click on the video. That’s a black guillemot. A juvenile, a youngster, not yet in its adult plumage. Munching a crab before diving amid the breakwater boulders for another.  Your browser does not support the video tag. The clip lasts […]

Why Birds?


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For birds in winter, the land around the city of Bellingham, Washington, is a good place to be. Sheltered from storms of the outer Pacific coast, tucked where the lower Fraser and Nooksack River floodplains collide, greater Bellingham normally harbors […]

Winter Bobcat, Watching


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Somehow I never noticed that I work in a desert. Not an actual desert—those are filled with cacti, snakes, and other forms of life. My office is in a suburban-style neighborhood, surrounded by vast lawns, which, I recently discovered, are […]

Getting over Purity