Backstreet Sunflower with Grasshopper

You have to look real close at the center of the sunflower for the grasshopper.

We also had goldfinches at the coreopsis seeds…

…a hummingbird at the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory…

…buckeye butterflies on the white clover…

…2 kinds of skippers & some bumblebees at the cosmos & zinnias.

It was a good day.



speaking of the devil

Steve Bannon…?  as chief white house strategist…?

He is the hero of the alt right…darling of the KKK.

You can check it out.


Those of you I know and love who voted for Donald Trump…

I understand your frustrations…I get that you feel ignored by Washington…I get that you don’t like Hillary.

I don’t want to know who you are.

…but you have elected someone totally unfit to be president…who has said unacceptable & hateful things.  Whatever made you vote for the guy…you can’t have that without the other.

Already bullies have been empowered to abuse the most vulnerable among us…& while I adamantly oppose any violence in the anti-Trump protests…I look at those crowds & see young, confused, angry people who have just been shown…in spades…that bad behavior & me-firstness…makes you a winner.  That is the role model you have chosen.

Believe me, I’ve been on the losing side before…

…but for the first time in my 40 years as an American voter…I truly fear for our democracy.  I am scared…and I am angry.

And I am worried for those around me…who are not white and privileged as I am and have even more reason to be upset and afraid.

Last week, a black, disabled friend came to our art center in tears of fear…a Jewish friend signed up for the women’s march in Washington…& our country is brimming with similar stories.

Obama, as ever, has taken the high road…calling on us all to give the President-elect a chance…and so I will.

But be vigilant…

I am holding you…us all…accountable.




Today…at our house…we are just wondering…untitled-2…why…?

If your concern is protecting the Bill of Rights,
that would be  #1.

If you’re into the 10 commandments,
that would be #7 in some catechisms, but #8 in the King James Bible.

And it’s a beautiful day.

summer’s end…samhain…halloween

It is another cross quarter day…and a fine one here in my small Georgia garden.

We are halfway between the fall equinox when day and night were the same length…and the dark time of the winter solstice.

I have been blessed to have a migrating Monarch linger here for several days, enjoying the salvias & camellias particularly.


My mind is on the election…& being the natural science nerd I am, I have listened for what is said…or more to the point, not said…about our way forward regarding the environment…and while I have never, ever before endorsed a candidate, this is an election & a time like no other in my brief 62 years on this earth.

While we humans obsess about Hillary’s emails and Donald’s antics,  the other species we share this planet with are becoming extinct at an unprecedented rate.  Scientists are referring to this as the sixth extinction….the fifth took out the dinosaurs.  This era in geological time has been dubbed the Anthropocene…meaning “the human age”…because for the first time, it is human activity that is driving changes in geology and ecosystems.

In this election cycle…if we are to move forward in the ways we must, to ensure  our children’s futures if not our own…I have to believe our best hope lies with Democrats.

The Democratic radar is tuned into things like…

…job creation in renewable energy
…the regulation of toxic chemicals & land use that we need to stem such things as…
…the extinction of bees and monarchs…
…and the spoiling of lakes…from those of my family’s beloved Minnesota which were clogged with lurid green algae when I flew over them last summer…to the slimy disaster that was Lake Okeechobee in Florida this summer.

With a few rare exceptions, the environment is not on the Republican radar.  In that world, at this point in time, science is viewed with suspicion, regulation is demonized until something like lead in Flint water happens & fingers wag, climate change is a hoax, and the endangered species act is under attack.

I will climb down from my soap box now.  But for anyone still undecided…do consider Mother Nature when you venture into that voting booth.


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