A Message From Willow Mountain

Life seems to have become very hectic and stressful lately, and I haven’t been writing much.  This evening, however, while sitting on my porch, I watched the light change as a storm blew through and Willow Mountain was highlighted by the sun’s last rays. Just watching the changing light was a strong reminder of why…

22 Times a Day

The only loud noises in nature are those that signify danger. It’s not surprising then that noisy environments are usually stressful environments. This makes perfect sense when you consider that loud noise signals danger and our bodies react by sending out a surge of adrenalin as part of the “fight or flight” response. Heart rate…

Bicycles, Birds and Balance

While sipping my morning coffee, I saw my cat looking with great interest at something out on the porch. Investigating, I found that a Ring Necked Dove had built a nest on the sprocket of my bicycle, and had pretty well settled in. How in the hell did I let my bike sit for long…

Little Yellow Flowers

About this time each year, long strings of cold cloudy days can start to make the locals a tad cranky. We desert dwellers like our sunshine, so the last couple of days have been more than welcome – bright, clear days with highs around 80.  I’m writing this while sitting on my porch and staring…

Little White Boxes

Living in a remote area, there will always be things that are harder to come by than if you live in a big city.  Out here, that’s food.  Not in the sense of basic grocery items, although selection can be somewhat limited at times, but in terms of a variety of international cuisine.  We have…

Diving In

Diving into the world of blogging is a new experience for me. Although I have done some writing in the past, I have never blogged. Several weeks ago, however, I was given the task of overseeing a student blogging project, and my immediate response was, “What? No, no, no! I have no idea how blogging…