House finch fooler

Today over lunch I heard the warbles of a house finch in the pine tree just outside our dining room window. Those long trills, meandering up and down, as if they could go on forever. Ahhhh! Instantly I felt warmer, … Read More…

Compassion footprint

Last night I went to hear one of our local Boulder treasures, animal scientist Marc Bekoff, talk about improving the lives of animals—increasing our “compassion footprint.” Marc is world renowned for his studies of animal behavior. For years he has … Read More…

Animism 101

Last week while I was at Prescott College, where I teach in the grad programs, I had a wonderful conversation with Mary Sweeney, who also teaches there. Mary is a cofounder of Her Feet on the Earth, a nonprofit that … Read More…

10 things to love about rocks

When I wake up in the morning, they’re still there. They’ve been there longer than I can imagine. They appear in all different colors. They’re the closest thing to permanence you can find on this earth. When they get really … Read More…

Unprecedented

So this morning I woke up out of a dream in which my father was going to be interviewed on Terry Gross’s Fresh Air about his expertise in boutique wineries. You would have had to know my father to understand … Read More…