Mark 1, Kudzu 0…Maybe

I love our back deck, and the arbor above it, which makes it pleasant to sit outside on those hot summer days. But there is one downside to the canopy: whatever the plant is — I call it “orange trumpet flower” for reasons that will be obvious once you glance

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Mammals Rule!

Well, at least for now… I just finished reading a fabulous natural history book, The Rise and Reign of the Mammals, by Steve Brusatte. It chronicles their (our!) origin from when they first split off from the last common ancestor of dinosaurs and mammals to the present day. What makes

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Some Life Advice

I lost a dear friend this week. Decades ago, when I first moved to California and knew literally no one, he and I would spend at least some time together every single day. No doubt that was helped by the fact our apartments were interior ones, back-to-back on the second

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Making Friends One Paw at a Time

Our cat Moose started spending time at another family’s home down the street from us about 6 months ago. I’d previously met and talked to the son and today, when I stopped by to check on/retrieve Moose I met the mom and daughter. We had a delightful conversation, and I

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Donner Pass

I’ve had a goal, for years, of riding all the Sierra passes. Why? I’m not sure, although every one I’ve done so far — Ebbetts, Sonora, Tioga, Carson, and Sherman — has been an amazing and beautiful ride. But for whatever reason I hadn’t done the most famous one, the

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