The People Around Here…

Last week I was sitting with a group of people at lunch time listening to one of our number explain to the rest how she and her family were planning to move to Australia. “You can’t do anything new here,” She told us, “People just won’t let you. They are all so pessimistic and down [Read More...]

The Fox in the Park

City Fox in Glasgow

As we passed an open park, I watched a fox walk across the grass without hurry or concern, looking like a small, red, bushy tailed version of the all the other commuters heading to their homes, the shops, or their favorite pub. [Read more...]

Cultural Boundary Spaces

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All spaces have boundary crossing spaces within them, because all spaces hold conflicting aspects of culture across their history. The previous culture rarely disappears completely. It may be subsumed or marginalized, but it is still there. [Read more...]

Questioning Fences

Chain Link Fence

Last week I moved about 25 miles from Berkeley to Union City. I’ll be here for the next week until I head back to the UK for another 2 week visit. Over the weekend I decided that I wanted to take a hike around the area where I’m staying. Unfortunately, when I set out to [Read More...]

Meeting the wild

connect in the garden

I mentioned last week how disconnected I was from the cycles of nature as a child. But the more I interact with nature and see myself as a part of nature rather than outside of it, the more I notice and understand the cycles around me. [Read more...]

Tracking Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

The cherry trees are in bloom here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The white and pink blossoms signal that spring is here. Their beauty brings a certain lightness to the step. The tradition of picnicking under a blossoming cherry tree brings a certain joy to the heart. The San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in [Read More...]

Expanded awareness

I wrote a while back about sitting in one spot for an hour at a time over the course of a year to meet the wildlife in your garden or a local park. Today I’d like to return to that to speak about finding the expanded awareness that will help you learn more about your wild neighbors. [Read more...]


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