Listen to the birds sing

Day 283 of #LiveWell2017 I was sitting on my porch this morning, contemplating drawing, when I heard several birds calling. A Carolina wren singing like there was no tomorrow down in the understory, crows cawing back and forth above, a downy woodpecker trill at mid-canopy. Then a small, but close-by chirp caught my ear, and … Continue reading Listen to the birds sing

Grateful for the freedom of expression

Day 175 of #LiveWell2017 Today in Portland, no less than five naked bike rides are scheduled, including the World Naked Bike Ride that rolls at 9:00 PM tonight. These organized bike rides are symbols of the ultimate freedom we have in this country - to be able to express our ourselves freely and openly in … Continue reading Grateful for the freedom of expression

Living graciously

Day 173 of #LiveWell2017 The true meaning of grace is to connect deeply with what is around you - trees, flowers, air, water, and all living beings. When we are gracious, we are kind, compassionate, considerate, giving. We treat others - and nature - with respect. When I go to places like Neahkahnie Mountain, pictured … Continue reading Living graciously

Appreciating rivers

Day 172 of #LiveWell2017 I feel very lucky to live where so many beautiful rivers run. One, in fact, flows through the middle of my city. Another, one which carried Lewis and Clark to the Pacific, borders the city's northern edge. Within an hours' drive from my home, I can walk along some of the … Continue reading Appreciating rivers

Be grateful for little surprises

Day 160 of #LiveWell2017 I've said it before, and I'll say it again: sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference! Yesterday, I was helping lead a volunteer work party to remove invasive plants from a local park. The volunteers had gathered around our pile of shovels and buckets and were listening to … Continue reading Be grateful for little surprises

Thanks to climate activists

Day 154 of #LiveWell2017 Living well in a place includes living sustainably, with as small an ecological footprint as possible. It also means advocating for actions that minimize our long-tern impact and protect the place for future generations. In light of yesterday's announcement that the US will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, I am … Continue reading Thanks to climate activists

Happy Earth Day

Day 112 of #LiveWell2017 We only have one Earth. Live well on it. Reduce your ecological footprint so that future generations of every species can enjoy life on this great planet. Here are some ideas that may help http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ Today's March for Science is another way to bring awareness to the importance of using science and reason … Continue reading Happy Earth Day