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Raven

Jul 31, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Raven

I received a call to conduct a ceremony for someone unknown to me who was in the end stage of dying. The caller said the dying man had a connection to Tibetan Buddhism and had requested a ceremony in that tradition if he was near death. The man, whose middle name is Raven, was notRead more …

Jay Walker

Jul 25, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Jay Walker

We have a number of blue scrub jays that visit our back yard. We offer them shelled peanuts from our feeding area and they happily feed on the legumes, stuffing up to five in their sublingual pouches to be buried for later retrieval. Sometimes they pause to swallow a nut or peck at a largerRead more …

The Garden

Jul 21, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Garden

I never thought of myself as a gardener. Yes, I could plant things and they would grow, mostly. I could till and tend. But I never had the ‘bug’ to be serious about it. I watched my grandfather tirelessly work his fields from dawn to dusk and sometimes later. He was a dry land farmer.Read more …

Cut Off

Jul 20, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cut Off

Hackleman Creek winds lazily through the ‘old Cascades’ in a central portion of the Willamette National Forest. It is named for Abram Hackleman, one of the first settlers of Albany, who came to Oregon in 1847 and was one of the organizers of the Santiam Wagon Road. I doubt the creek cares for whom itRead more …

Enough is Enough

Jul 20, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Enough is Enough

An interesting fact about the Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) is that it only takes as much water as it needs. This allows it to adapt to a wide variety of microclimates from seashore (where it is known as shore pine), to mountains, to near arid environments. Other species like Ponderosa pine will not survive ifRead more …