If you only looked at the stories I post each week, I suppose you might accuse me of ... well, sticking my head in the sand. I assure you, it's not the case. Personally, I tend to have a rather black outlook on the future, and this website is my attempt to counter that. When I do the readings on the trees, they are invariably accepting of past, current, and potential circumstances. As the Doc said in Cider House Rules, "Happy to be alive, under any circumstances." (At least I think that's what he said.) Seems a laudable point of view, so I try to keep it going. Ergo, positive weekly stories about trees and forests. But some weeks, they are excruciatingly hard to find!!
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.