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“Singularity”

Another bit of sparkle. This one an alchemy of art and science, orbiting a poem by Marie Howe: “The Singularity (after Stephen Hawking)”. ~Kate

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VIDEO: Tracking Weasels in the Woods

My lovely friends Sevaan and Tess, who do not know each other, periodically give me the ol’ “you should vlog!” Is it so I won’t send them 8 texts in a row about fisher footprints? Who’s to say! While I’m always happy to yammer on and share my excitement about nature, and in theory I […]

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Snow Stories: Opossum, my possum

I was in the kitchen making dinner a few weeks ago when I heard the front door open and close, as Neil came back inside, having just completed his evening “chicken check”. “There are new tracks out by the raised beds”, he called up the stairs. Some people enjoy sonnets, some sparkly jewels, but Neil […]

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Shine

I’ve previously had the pleasure of chatting about life with Jess Spooner of Rewild Wellness. But, like, over coffee, and just the two of us. This time tape was rolling, and our conversational wanderings were curated by Jess, as our chat was broadcast over the airwaves on her brand new show “Shine”. “Shine is a […]

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Maurice Sendak: “I am in love with the world.”

Every once in awhile, someone out there writes or composes or codes or films or creates something that reaches in and touches a corner of my soul. Sometimes it is by making something physical, like an object, or a piece of visual art. Sometimes it is poetry. And sometimes it is “just” by making a […]

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Snow Stories: Shrew-d Observations?

For each question I answer in the woods, five more appear. “Solved” tracks are surrounded by stories I haven’t read, and some where I don’t even know the language. I am getting better at recognizing animal tracks and sign. I can usually narrow things down so we’re at least pointed in a helpful direction. But […]

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Snow Stories: Fowl Play

So many snow stories in the stack! But we’ll go in reverse order this time — even if there are some shrew-d observations and im-possum-ble sightings that came before this one. Today, tale of turkeys. Though not the *tail* of turkeys, just their footprints. I’ve seen what I believed to be turkey sign in the […]

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Making Miscellany: January

Is there anything more beautiful than a tea egg? Possibly… but in the moments I am gazing upon a tea egg, the answer is no. I mean look at it. The first image up top is where I left the shell membrane partially intact — you can see how richly it shows the lines. But […]

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The Art of Caring For Other Creatures

Yes, this is a little bit about Covid. It’s also a little bit about wetlands and a little bit about snakes and a little bit about a dead rabbit in the road. I have two bumper stickers on my car. One says “Please Brake For Turtles” and one says “Please Brake For Snakes”. While strangers […]

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“I will be a hummingbird”