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German Story

"That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate." - Carl Jung People often used to ask me if I was writing down what I called the "German Story." They were fascinated…
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BIDDING ADIEU TO WINTER

The gray days of winter were almost gone. Or so I thought. The third week in February, I was almost sorry, in some ways, to see them end. My favorite trails had taken on an added…

Hands to Clasp

"Welcome, WelcomeFah who rah-mooseWelcome, WelcomeDah who dah-mooseChristmas day is in our graspSo long as we have hands to clasp." - lyrics to Welcome Christmasfrom The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss Timing and careful scheduling for viewing holiday television…
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Cold Weather Alert - Hummingbirds

(Originally posted 11/24/2010) Two years ago, our island experienced a big chill in December that left many of the birds challenged to find food. I wrote then about Anna's Hummingbird wintering in the San Juans and…

LONG DISTANCE DRAGONS

October was waning, and I took advantage of one of those glorious warm afternoons to head for American Camp looking for late migrating birds and butterflies. Early fall often holds surprises and I remembered three years…

A WALK IN THE WOODS

The rains last month dampened my spirits and I postponed some of my walks waiting for the showers to transition into a brighter spring. But the other morning I heard the song of a Swainson's thrush…

Mac Magic

First, let's look at some facts. Larry Dignan, in his article, PC Vs. Mac: It's Not Zero Sum, October 5th, 2009 (Zdnet) reported the following: According to research firm NPD Group, 12 percent of computer owning…
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HUMMINGBIRDS OF WINTER

Two weeks ago, I watched a hummingbird fly through a snowstorm to get to the bird feeder that was hanging by my back porch. It was a female Anna's hummingbird, barely 4-inches in length, and weighing…

RECYCLING THE WOODS

October may have come and gone on a warm breeze but now, in November, the rain and wind have commenced and, accompanied by graying skies and erratic winds, any lingering dreams of an endless summer have…
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FALL

Fall is in the air. By six o'clock, the sun is in the last phase of its slow deliberate descent toward the western rim of the inland sea, and the sky chills to a cool wash…

The inscrutable alcids

The other morning I stood at South Beach and watched a Rhinoceros Auklet fly by. The small, sooty brown seabird sped low over the water just ahead of a pesky fog that had settled over Haro…

The serviceberry and the waxwings

Each July, for several years now, a friend has been telling me about a tree in his yard that bears such abundant fruit that over a dozen species of birds fly in for an early summer…