The Smell of Smelt

“You two!” Dad barked sharply at Buddy and I. Through the constant roar of the ocean we could barely hear him but with a wild animal’s instinct for danger we were instantly alert. “You’re gonna scare the fish.” Not daring to argue, but wondering how fish could hear us with their heads covered in the roaring ocean and their bodies

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Fire in the Heart

Tree Burning During Salmon Creek Fire   Brilliant yellow leaves, so saturated in sunlight that they bow–heavy with golden weight, and meadow grasses wet with the first rains, complete each other like puzzle pieces in the land around our cabin. But stories from Southern California remind me how fragile, how ephemeral this beauty is. We could have lost it all

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You Can't Have Just One

Yesterday, the Times Online reported that a British secondary school was conducting an experiment. The administration was tracking students by embedding microchips in their clothing. On the teachers’ computers, the chip provides information on what classroom the student is supposed to be in, the student’s academic performance, and allows retrieval of the student’s photo. The chip also allows a student’s

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Mothering by Ritual

Somewhere, about mid October, when the rains have licked clean the dust-covered rocks and the maple leaves are the color of condensed sunshine, Mom will bring home the first of several great orange pumpkins and the littlest one will breathlessly insist on carving it the very next day.   After, many false starts, “Where are the pumpkin tools?” and “I

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Rain

    Responses to rain vary but the first drops on a rural home brings two main reactions. What did I forget to cover, close, or bring in and mmm, I love that smell! Every tree seems to drip wet moss and every rock is a rich hue. Cool damp air kisses the grass and your face. Every leaf is

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