Category Archives: Nature • Animals

An Early Sense of Snow

On Saturday afternoon the weather drew B and me to our living room window time and again to watch how quickly the snow was falling, then to see if the picnic table had disappeared, then to worry whether the old … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Fantasia, or Foe?

This little fella showed up on B’s hand one morning and slayed us with its exotic beauty. Neither of us had ever seen anything like it. Apparently, s/he will grow up to be a white-marked tussock moth, whose favorite meals … Continue reading

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Be Nice, Irene!

For a variety of reasons, we made the difficult decision to remain in the city for the duration of the hurricane, though we continue to monitor its progress from here. Irene has been officially downgraded to a Tropical storm, yet … Continue reading

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Batten Down the Hatches, My Pretties!

A hurricane’s a comin’! A hurricane’s a comin’! And on the heels of the biggest earthquake to have rocked New York since 1884, no less. Truly, such a confluence of natural disasters might (I said might) make certain people draw some … Continue reading

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There and Back Again: A Magical Adventure

Once upon a time there was a woman who lived in a quiet rural village, where no one believed in magic. She tried to make due by making up stories and talking to the animals. But such amusements only last … Continue reading

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In The Garden of Good and Agile

“If I see even one snake this weekend, I will sue you,” shouted my friend only half kidding as she nervously scanned our front lawn. “I am absolutely TERRIFIED of snakes.” “Even harmless ones, like for example pretty little ribbon … Continue reading

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Four-Legged House Guests

This past weekend, we had a full house at Smallpeace—complete with guests of the four-legged variety. There was Teddy-Buddy—an Australian Shepherd, aptly named for his cuddly, sweet nature—who simply couldn’t understand why the hedgehog under the tool shed didn’t want … Continue reading

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