Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Swarm

I wasn’t surprised when I looked out our basement window a few days ago and saw little dark objects swirling around our apple tree. At first, it was just a few, but soon the air was teeming with madly circling flecks. My eyesight wasn’t keen enough identify them visually, but I knew what they were. […]

The Robin Rescue

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson I couldn’t help thinking of this poem as my son and his […]

Eau Claire’s Diner en Blanc

Yesterday, my husband Paul, my friend Angie, and I attended Eau Claire’s third annual Diner en Blanc. The tradition of the Diner originated in France but quickly spread around the world. It’s a strange hybrid between a flash mob and a picnic. All the guests dress in white and bring picnics, complete with their own […]

Another Chicken Proverb

My chicken Feisty is engaged in yet another futile quest for maternity. This is her second “broody” period; she sits in the coop all day, stubbornly warming the unfertilized eggs beneath her. Taking them out makes no difference. There will always be another one, and darn it, she’s a chicken with a mission. She’d done […]