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Three Ways to Keep the Peace of the Season

November 30th, 2013 · 10 Comments

(This post was originally published in December, 2012.) Every year we see articles on “staying sane during the holidays”–advice for dealing with unruly inlaws while maximizing cookie production and shopping efficiency.  I follow some of this advice.  But here’s a confession:  I love the inner dimension of this season.  I love advent, the dark days [...]

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Tags: inspiration, seasons, urban nature

Join me in celebrating The Urban Bestiary!

September 17th, 2013 · 12 Comments

My new book, The Urban Bestiary, hits shelves today.  I look forward to seeing its pretty, sky-blue cover tracking its way into the world, and into your hands.  Every one of you has my never-ending gratitude for your support during the writing and release of this book.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now let’s [...]

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Tags: books, events, The Urban Bestiary, urban nature, writing

Your Amazing Urban Wildlife Photos

August 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who submitted your urban wildlife photos! (Submission is now closed. One submitter chosen at random will win a copy of my new book The Urban Bestiary: Encountering The Everyday Wild.) The photos are wonderful, and I uploaded the first batch (over 100 photos!) to Facebook today. They also appear below. Click here to [...]

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Tags: art, birds, crows, urban nature

Share Your Urban Wildlife Photos! (And win a copy of The Urban Bestiary.)

August 16th, 2013 · 3 Comments

  (September 16,2013: Please note I am no longer accepting photos – thanks for all your great submissions!) The original post: Please share your wonderful urban wildlife photos! Beginning in mid-September, I’ll be speaking at various venues about my new book, The Urban Bestiary, and I’m developing a slideshow of urban wildlife images that will [...]

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Tags: urban nature

Opossum in the Chicken Coop

August 8th, 2013 · 3 Comments

One night this week I was later than usual closing the chickens into their coop–they had already put themselves to bed on the little roost-branch in the corner.  When I shined my flashlight in the door, I jumped–I thought I was seeing the biggest rat on earth.  But I quickly recovered, and realized it was [...]

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Tags: chickens, urban farming, urban nature

This Cute Raccoon Is Stealing Our Cat Food!

June 14th, 2013 · 7 Comments

I was out on the back deck reading after dinner when Tom poked his head out the door, looked past me towards the steps, and laughed, saying “Who’s your friend?” We quickly realized that this was the raccoon we’ve seen hanging around our yard recently. Claire and I had spotted her the day before, boldly [...]

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Tags: garden, pest control, urban nature

The Urban Bestiary: My New Book, Coming In September

May 28th, 2013 · 16 Comments

I am very pleased to announce that my new book, The Urban Bestiary:  Encountering the Everyday Wild, will be published by Little, Brown this fall.  If you read The Tangled Nest you’ve heard bits about it here and there, and if you follow me on Facebook, you’ve seen a glimpse of the gorgeous cover.  Now [...]

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Tags: events, urban nature, writing

Welcome Spring

March 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Thank you Marigold, Ophelia, and Ethel for the beautiful eggs. And happy spring to everyone! I heard the neighborhood flickers drumming in earnest on my early morning walk today. Let the wild rumpus begin!   You may also like:Oddball Eggs in the Coop Why We’re Raising Chickens in the City Chickenomics: It’s More than Money [...]

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Tags: chickens, eggs, seasons, urban nature

Reading to Trees

October 9th, 2012 · 14 Comments

You will have to trust me on this:  Thinking about reading to a tree feels stranger than actually reading to a tree, especially once you get going.  The other day I walked to the wooded park near my home with a particular aspen in mind and a book in my pocket.  What does one read [...]

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Tags: trees, urban nature

Letting Things Go in the Garden (on purpose)

August 15th, 2012 · 7 Comments

It’s mid-August, and the garden is taking on its late summer look– a gorgeous, tangled, fruitful mess.  I try to keep some things up:  tomatoes trellised, beans picked, nasturtiums guarded against aphids.  But some things I happily and intentionally let go. I’ve been enamored of Imogen Cunningham’s photograph of Morris Graves in his leek garden [...]

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Tags: garden, urban nature