books, outdoors

5 reads that pack sunny glow

"Maggie saw the sunset before she saw the cottage. It stretched across Lake Michigan in a broad sweep of orange and a glowing pink not unlike the colors of her borrowed skirt. Beach clothes, indeed." Nora Edinger, Dune Girl Looking paler than oatmeal? Wearing so many layers you cannot bend your elbows? Watching commercials for… Continue reading 5 reads that pack sunny glow

gardening, outdoors

Feast fit for a squirrel

“...his thoughts revolving silently in this squirrel-cage of mystification.”  ― Dorothy L. Sayers, British queen of mystery, "Busman's Honeymoon" Have you ever seen a squirrel sleep? Oddly enough, I have. Early in our marriage, we lived in a small, yellow house at the edge of 300-acre wood. This put us smack in the middle of all… Continue reading Feast fit for a squirrel

outdoors, recipes

Lemony Salmon Spread

"...vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else, and because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing." E.F. Benson, English writer/archaeologist People who have never lived at the beach watch hurricane coverage from afar… Continue reading Lemony Salmon Spread

outdoors, spiritual life

Sea change

“Don't let the rain drive you to the wrong shelter ... sometimes the rain is the perfect protector from the rain.” Michael Bassey Johnson, Nigerian writer In our part of the planet, people are watching the sea -- or at least the sea as seen on The Weather Channel. Hurricane Florence is looming off America's Southeast shore,… Continue reading Sea change

community, outdoors

My last straw?

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” Jimmy Carter, Christian, American president Things started innocently enough. I did an interview with the teacher of an elementary school class that was asking local restaurant owners to call it quits on plastic straws -- à la… Continue reading My last straw?