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insects and arachnids

Oil Beetles, They’re Pretty Slick

It’s quite easy to walk our woods and see “nothing”. There are many months when the trees are bare and the ground is brown. Our walking trail is a loop, and it is not difficult for a human to walk in a circle and not see a deer. But that is only when we are […]

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thinking big

How ’bout Yours?

“…And then — this is the real trick in living on a planet that contains many other human souls that are as valuable and multitudinous as your own — you must find a way to really listen to this other person’s answer, and to believe in their experience as fully as we believe in our […]

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insects and arachnids thinking big

Barefoot with the Singing Spiders

I went for a barefoot walk of the woods yesterday. A thing to be savoured before the bitey bugs wake up. Sleep tight mosquitos… One of many many things I like about walking barefoot is the quiet. I’m certain that to the critters in the woods I still sound like a bipedal animal (tripedal if […]

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poetry thinking big

A Poem for April

A Poem, for April by Morgan Harper Nichols Let this be the April you always remember.The April where you chose to believethere was more to the futurebeyond what you could see.The April where you learned to trust:no matter the unknowns before you,the sun would still rise and you would still find:you still grew how you […]

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insects and arachnids

Look Comma Again

The little Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) butterfly I mentioned the other day took up residence on our porch under Sherman, our potted solstice shrubbery who was sitting there waiting to be planted. Though Sherman was in a pretty awkward spot for us, I decided to leave him where he was, until the Comma moved out. […]

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baking

Recipe: “Trompe l’oeuf”

The sneaky rabbit that is Easter is hiding just around the corner. And if you’re going to sugar out — why not go homemade! Here is a recipe for fondant easter eggs that is jam packed with so much sugar you will be dashing around like a cottontail in no time. Recipe: Homemade Easter Eggs

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thinking big

“Go. And if you are scared, go scared.”

“Vai. E, se der medo, vai com medo mesmo.” Brazilian motto

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tracks & scat

In/visible Animals

“Did you see anything cool?”, asked usually moments after the front door closes, if we hear someone is back home again, after a walk in the woods. What we’re usually hoping is that the other person caught a glimpse of a wild thing. A critter — fur, feathers, skin or scales — usually being top […]

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thinking big

“Keeping Quiet”

Keeping Quiet~Pablo Neruda Now we will count to twelveand we will all keep stillfor once on the face of the earth,let’s not speak in any language;let’s stop for a second,and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic momentwithout rush, without engines;we would all be togetherin a sudden strangeness. Fishermen in the […]

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thinking big wild inklings

Happy Pi Day!

~Kate