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The Shrike

The Shrike He spies a cricket In the dirt Flies into the wind Head still, wings blurred Hooked beak Down Plucks the muddy bug Rises,...

Renesting

We've long kept watch at an Eagle Nest on Route 36. Many a drama has played out with eaglets falling 50 ft or more and being rescued....

Avatars! AI!

Overheard on the news while making my tea this morning--AI is transforming art. You can use a little program like Lensa to create an...

Julia's Gravy

Sometime in the early 1970s when my kids were about 11, 14, and 16 years old, I bought "From Julia Child's Kitchen." Momentous. The book...

A Photo, a Poem, a Prayer

38 degrees and a bit of wind. I bundle up and head out to Llano Seco Wildlife Refuge with my two trusty cameras--one for landscape and...

Poems about Old Women

We have a Wellesley Class of '58 "Sister List," and we send email about passing events, getting old, advice about topical pain meds, when...

A Cautionary Tale (or Tail)

Whatever you do in life, make sure you never, ever, travel to the Tetons and Yellowstone at 85 in the grips of Type A Flu. On Day two,...

A Premonition

Sunday, I went to our Chico Eagle nest at 7 AM. As I was walking out, I spotted a parent sitting in a tree that hangs over the Sacramento...

Blissed Out on the Hillside

Here is the hillside where I look out on an eagle-nest vista. Very often, the sun has not yet reached over the hill, the eagle mom is...

Off the hook

I love my hobby because it lets me off the hook. That phrase popped into my mind unexpectedly. And now, as I turn it over, I discover...

Then and Now

It's 2022 and I'm entering a manuscript into my computer. I wrote a memoir 47 years ago, and decided it deserved to be exhumed. This...

A Second Second Opinion

Twenty years after the event outlined in “The Importance of a Second Opinion,” I found myself face to face with another young...

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