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November 19, 2018

What is the value of one life, when the human population is nearing 7 billion? Insects are said to number 10 quintillion--a census would be impossible. What is the value of the life of one insect? To a girl who considers that bug a friend, its life is worth honoring. "Funeral for a StickBug" is a family portrait with stick bugs, preying mantises, and tarantulas as companions. The lessons of animal husbandry are interwoven with research on the problem of insect population decline in recent years....

May 27, 2018

On our hike through Halle Ravine Preserve, a 38-acre gem managed by Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, about ten minutes in, our guide spotted a group of morel mushrooms. I happened to be standing close by, so she handed me the one she picked. The rest of the people on our tour swarmed, and one woman picked about six morels, and another person may have gotten one morel. I only became aware recently about the value of morels when a viral video came to my attention on Facebook, of a couple who boasted on...

October 15, 2017


(*If you haven't read my previous post, start here.)

I met with a formidable gatekeeper once again today, on my way out to sea--rather, Long Island Sound--on a 38-foot Beneteau sailboat captained by Andy, a member of the Westchester Sail & Power Squadron, sailing teacher, and retired engineer. 

Andy wants me to learn, so I was at the helm for a couple hours today, in 6- to 10-foot waves and big winds. How big? We don't know, because our instrumentation malfunctioned! It was  liberating to be starin...

September 25, 2017

The call to adventure was the call to walk two miles barefoot on a trail I'd hiked before, but never without shoes. My companion was none other than the queen of barefooting, Sue Regan Kenney, who has developed her own line of shoes that enable people to walk barefoot almost anywhere, called Barebottoms. Sue is in town for the launch of her book and for the Barefoot Strong Summit in Manhattan. 

I picked Sue up from her lodging and drove to one of my favorite nature preserves in Westches...

January 12, 2017

The piano tuner asks, "Do you want absolute pitch? That'll cost you more."

The reason I think this is important is we're training our children's ears, not just their fingers. It struck in me a chord (if you will) of deep gratitude for the piano I was raised with. A beautiful specimen. My companion for many evenings.

My piano teacher would quiz me, and she told me often that I had perfect pitch. I'm sure I'd have to practice up to get the answers right again, and I'm confident that's possible, for me...

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