It is time

I sat on my porch, purposefully, this morning, sipping my cup of tea and watching the sun rise. The sounds of birds full of spring hormones filled the air with music. The sky beamed a pale blue and pink behind a curtain of fresh, infant, yellow-green leaves decorating the towering oaks and elms and sycamores. Just … Continue reading It is time

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

Become part of the silence

Day 167 of #LiveWell2017 Continuing with the gratitude theme this month, I want to be sure to share my gratitude for silence (and birds). This week we traveled to some remote wilderness areas. There, hiking among the high desert mountains, I was grateful for the complete absence of human sounds. In that silence, sitting in … Continue reading Become part of the silence

Gratitude: Our national wildlife refuges

Day 28 of #LiveWell2017 I spent the morning biking along the Columbia River Dike Trail, part of which runs through the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge near Washougal, WA. Other people were enjoying the trail, too. Hikers, birders, dog-walkers. Along the way, I saw red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, kestrels, bald eagles, and hundreds of ducks and geese. It … Continue reading Gratitude: Our national wildlife refuges

Nest eggs are good

It's spring here, and there are all sorts of birds nesting around our house at the moment. We've been listening to the cardinals and mockingbirds sing like there's no tomorrow, the brown thrashers are constantly bringing food to a nest, and the swallow-tailed kites and snail kites keep working the backyard canal for treats... Here's … Continue reading Nest eggs are good