The Friendship Cake

A Story of Kindness  “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music“. Frederich Nietzsche John rises at four o’clock Wednesday morning, completes his morning absolutions of prayer, yoga, music and breakfast then dresses for the day. He steps out to his front yard, pauses…

The Story of Soup

The reasons for humans creating pottery to cook with are still not well understood, yet one can surmise that hot soup was a huge event in the lives of the Ainu during this period of long winters.

Corn People

The year of my thirteenth birthday I fell in love, with a vegetable. It was the summer of 1972 and driving across country with relatives to visit relatives wasn’t exactly a teenager’s idea of a dream summer vacation. The goal was a small town in Indiana primarily inhabited by farmers, and corn. Miles and miles…

Southern Tomato Pie The Savory and the Sweet

Pie connoisseurs are often guilty of a grievous omission in omitting the tomato from their repertoire. Tomatoes were introduced to American households a few hundred years ago and have been a family staple and favorite ever since.  When a hungry eater thinks of pie, tomatoes generally don’t come up, (except for the infamous Italian variety….

Letters to the Future

World leaders convened in Paris in 2015 for the U.N. Climate Talks. Their task and hope was to pass a global treaty to reduce the impacts of global warming. On this site, are letters from authors, artists, scientists and world citizens, written to future generations of their own families, predicting the success or failure of…

Grateful – After the Flood

The storm sent heavy rain yet it’s the wind that made the creek rise too fast. Overthrown, water rushed ever faster cutting through the levee as easily as a knife through butter, carrying mud and debris, making the house quiver. He didn’t break in panic but proved true and brave, undeterred by the danger he…

The American Barn Swallow

“One Swallow Doesn’t  Make a Summer.”                                        Once caught by the thousands to be used in women’s hats, eating insects literally on the fly, and returning year after year to the same nesting sites, the American Barn Swallow is one of the harbingers of summer. A beautiful low-flying bird, I always look forward to the…

The Life that Sustains Us – Flying on the Wings of Pollinators

(Previously published in the The People’s Vanguard of Davis on 8/25/2015) “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left”. This quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein and while there is scant evidence that he did indeed say this, there is, according to…

A Simple Meal

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,it would be a merrier world. – J.R.R. Tolkien When I was a kid we always had a garden growing. When it came time to pick tomatoes, my Dad would go out to the garden with a salt shaker in his back pocket….

A Bushel on the Barbeque

It’s 104 out today here in Colusa County California. Made me think of sweet sun tea and a quick barbecue lunch. I gotta get home there’s a garden to tend All the seeds from the fruit buried and began Their own family trees, teach them thank you and please As they spread their own roots…