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When the missus first proposed adding a beehive to the back of our long backyard, it was somehow abstract.

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I’m not really much for eclipses. I get the whole astronomical fascination with the topic. But the aspect of eclipses that interests me most is how predicting them was used to mollify or terrorize other cultures — pretty devious.

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 One of the nice things about starting my day by walking the dogs along the bay shoreline out at the former naval air station is watching the birds out over the water. (more…)

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It started with my friend a couple weeks ago. We walk our dogs together weekend mornings, and he asked if I’d noticed all the birds singing to greet the dawn.

 I hadn’t.  (more…)

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About three weeks ago, during the morning dogwalk along the shore out at Alameda Point, I saw them for the first time. Two adult mallards and a pair of the tiniest little ducklings paddling along amidst a loose assortment of gulls in the cove formed by the long arm of the rock wall.

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Tsunami telephone

The phone rang at 3 a.m.

My instinct is not to answer, which is ultimately pointless, as I’ll just lay awake until I get up in annoyance to go check the machine and see who the hell it was. (more…)

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Every so often I catch the light just right. Just before the sun comes up, it hits the windows of the highrises in San Francisco, and they glow as if molten.

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Our Natal Lilies

Our Natal Lilies are in bloom.

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 We are under attack. We’ve repelled the rodents that moved into our house, but new assailants are trying a subterranean approach. Gophers, I believe, probably pocket gophers.  (more…)

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A few years ago we were quite pleasantly surprised by a trip to the Empire Mine State Park, up in Grass Valley in the Sierra foothills. A very lucrative gold deposit was discovered here during the Gold Rush, and it was mined for about a century.  It’s now a state park.

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