Plants, Poisons, and the Future of Life on Earth

A couple of weeks ago I witnessed an episode of child abuse. Now you may disagree and yes, the term I’m using is  inflammatory. What I saw comes under no government’s  statutes of mistreatment and may, in fact, be seen as  reasonable and rational child protection by some. Let me  explain. We were wandering around…

Montserrat – The Spiritual Soul of Catalonia

One of the pitfalls of extensive travel is developing a higher ‘wow’ threshold, of, like an adrenaline junkie seeking ever-increasing danger in order to get the pituitary glands pumping endorphins, needing more spectacular scenery or more exotic architecture to impress you. The first time you fly over the Alps you’re glued to the window –…

A Morning in the Garden

Yesterday was a bit showery (we had outrageous thunderstorms in the evening), so G and I mostly just played it cool at home. During a break in the rain we went down to the garden to get out of the house, and had a marvelous time looking for critters and finding out what was in…

Nature: It Might Just Save Your Life

Normally I don’t publish material from other sources, but when this Facebook friend’s post popped up confirming many of the things that I’ve felt intuitively (but, sadly, without solid science to back me up), I felt like I needed to share it. It comes originally from a page called Spirit Science and Metaphysics, which, admittedly,…

A Dozen Reasons to Take Your Kids Fishing

I stood on the mossy bank of a northern New England stream tinged green-tea and gold with fallen leaves and filtered light, a long, deep pool stretching out above me, fed by the measured flow from a beaver dam upstream. My father knelt at my side, a tall man who smelled of soap and aftershave,…

Memoirs of a Fisherboy

I was eight years old, and too small and weak. Two of my brothers worked on a deep sea fishing boat. The older, Tim, was a mate, helping gaff monstrous cod, pollack, haddock, tying clinch knots of 50-pound test line onto 16-ounce diamond jigs, unsnarling birdsnests of line from the reels of fishermen who let…