Nature Teacher: Distancing

Sign indicating Rattlesnakes may be found in this area - give them distance and respect"

Respect for distancing is nothing new. Mother Nature's been teaching us all along. Only now are we mandated overall. Touching poison ivy or poison oak will make you sorry. A porcupine or skunk make sure you know if you've come too close. A bite from a brown recluse spider or Lyme tic can turn your …

Nature Teacher: Challenges

Shovel caked with clay on top of pile of stones next to work boots, work gloves and a large tree

Digging through clay caked soil to plant something somewhere in my yard I usually hear that familiar clang. It's my shovel hitting rock. I work it loose, sometimes easily freeing it, sometimes needing other tools or adjusting my approach. Soon after I often hear another clang or scrape and then another, and usually more --- …

Nature Teacher: We may be One but We are Not the Same

Red ripened and green beefsteak tomatoes on the vine

Gardening teaches me so much about living life. Besides providing quiet time to regenerate, and avoid constant interruptions of marketing ploys or messages that can wait, gardening offers opportunities to look more deeply into life. Stepping into the tomato patch today, I notice some are ripened red, some still green, some are somewhere along the …

Nature Teacher: Appreciate what you have right now

Old time clock in a field of lavendar

My Magnificent Magnolia greets me as I sip a morning latte' and bids me goodnight in the moonlight.  Standing gloriously amidst an evening rain or grey sky, her steadfast glow casts a brilliance though my window.  I am awash in awe. We've been together for decades now --- she being here long before I moved …

Nature Teacher: Nothing is as Nothing Seems

Opening the compost bin lid reveals decomposing garlic skins, leek greens, maple leaves, apple cores, coffee grounds, and other unidentifiable by now but formerly salubrious consumables. Dirt from last summer's potted flowers (probably the water-logged ones that couldn't withstand the heavy rains) is mixed in. I suppose most would view this as rubbish or waste …