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A Bumblebee

In Ottawa, in a park, on a cool sunny day, at the base of a Maple tree, rummaging and buzzing and turning in the grass and pine needles, we saw a Bumblebee. (If you look closely, you’ll see the Maple tree of which I speak.) There used to be Bumblebees here, they say. But I […]

Snakes in the Grass

There are snakes in the grass, here. We know it. The dogs know it. The birds know it.  1. On the patio I came home the other day, arriving before the fair and industrious Trudy which fact consequently bestowed upon me the task of server of dinner kibble. This is usually the gist of the […]


Well that’s a bid Mockingbird, I wondered to myself. I was going to the compost pile with some grapes whose time had passed, and on my way there I spotted the grey pile of feathers under a wire fence that had fallen over. I leaned over and picked up the fence, prepared to move the carcass […]

Laudau and Curie

We were sitting at the edge of the restaurant patio, enjoying a sliver of sun on a blustery day as we ate out salads and soup and sandwiches. A couple with two dogs sat down at a table nearby. Trudy and the woman made eye contact and realized that they knew each other.  “Pretty dog,” […]

Izzy’s Big Adventure

1. The Egg Event In the riot that is the moments of morning as the hounds are released and race across the living room thru the doorway and jump onto the bed, Izzy comes up and pushes her Fabergé egg in my face. Her Fabergé egg, it sounds so much better the Kibble Nibble Dog […]

Manuka State Wayside Park

The sign said Manuka State Park. But I’ve seen it called Manuka State Wayside or Manuka State Wayside Park. It’s relatively small place. The Hawaii State Parks web page can only muster three sentences about it. They tell you is has trees, that you can picnic there, that there’s a nature trail and that there’s […]

Kahalu‘u Beach

The sky was blue. The day was warm. Sunlight glinted off aquamarine water. We sat on the salt-and-pepper beach gazing up the slopes at rain clouds hugging the forest on the mountainside. It was low tide. The water was far from the sandy shore, and we had to clamber over sharp, black rocks in our flippers […]

Blue Jay Baby

“It’s just a Bluejay.” “But it’s a baaaby.“ Bluejay baby in the Redbud tree. So take a picture, she said to me.

A Peacock

At the Smith Family Garden Luau, they drove us around the grounds before the festivities started. There were ponds and flowers and blooming trees. There was a goat cleaning her kid that had just been born. And there were peacocks like this one. All the tourists were snapping pictures of all these things, and I […]

Po‘ipu Beach 1

As soon as we put our faces in the water at Po‘ipu Beach, we were surrounded by fish. One moment we were mere tourists in the water and the next we were among swarms. There were Yellow Tang. There were Orangestripe and Whitespotted Surgeonfish. There were various kinds of Butterflyfish. There were orange Elegant Coris and ones with black and […]