Getting All Puffed Up Over Mushrooms

"Darn," I thought.  "The raccoons have been in the trash cans again.   There are paper plates all over the yard!" But no.  On closer inspection, what first brought scowls, then smiles, was a congregation of plate-sized mushrooms that had sprung up, courtesy of a gentle rainfall, and now turned faces heavenward to bask in the setting sun. I never saw this type of mushroom before.  My friend John, a connoisseur of all things home-grown, would have been out there with a knife and f … [Read more...]

This Beetle: Maybe I'll Name Him Benjamin

So there I was, bustling about the house getting ready for work, and this Big Brown THING caught my eye. It was a beetle, moseying along on the living room carpet.No husband in sight to rescue me, I did the best I could: I scooped it up in a wad of Kleenex and…..…crushed it to smithereens? No. …dumped it in the toilet and flushed? No.What I did, actually, was carry the little guy outside and carefully place it on a  leafy bush not too close to the door, where it’s unlikely to find its way … [Read more...]

All Creatures Great and Small, the Lord God Made Them All

Well now, here we are—I'm traveling, and I'm so darned busy this week! And in keeping with my new policy of posting an occasional guest blog, I thought I’d share a post I particularly enjoyed.Russell E. Saltzman, “Thursday columnist” over at First Things, has a splendid column up this week about the wildlife in his own yard—particularly the nest of mourning doves which have taken up residence on his patio.I love the birds and chipmunks and squirrels that make our yard their home (or, more acc … [Read more...]


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