Rise Above Sameness

It’s just natural: species cluster to themselves. For reproductive reasons, for protection, for the social life of that species, birds, mammals, fish, insects, and even some reptiles simply hang out with their own. And we of the ‘larger… Read More

When Thanatos interrupts the Party

I was thirteen when Neil Armstrong aimed his camera lens across the Bay of Tranquility to capture an image of our planetary home that stunned the world. Beyond the foreground of a stark lunar landscape, amidst an outer… Read More

When Hokey Ain’t So Bad

 I spent my childhood in a modest town in California. The town grew up about the time I did, but for some years there it wasn’t much. There was a movie theatre built in the Art Deco years,… Read More

My Dirty Old Man

My father grew up poor in southside Chicago, a clapboard house with no insulation, and rail tracks out back where the freight trains rolled past on their way to the Blue Island Yards. His family, like many, appropriated… Read More


The first time I ever remembering being distinctly embarrassed was in third grade class at Sonora Elementary School. My teacher was Mrs. Hanson, a teacher I adored, who favoured floral dresses and half eye glasses. We had been… Read More

Season of the Red

With Spring officially over, and in the record books as one of our wettest ever, we can finally turn our anticipatory eyes, and taste buds, to the scions of long light and delicious heat. Look around. Those tentative… Read More

Bottling Up Spring for the Whole Year

About four years ago my friend Katy made my day, and made many since, by teaching me to make Elderflower Cordial from the Elderberry tree. The berries are NOT edible, so don’t go taste tasting those. However, the… Read More

Step In Step Out

Those of you who have visited Brookbank for your CSA box pick up or on another occasion will know that Dawn and I have been working steadily to reclaim and restore this site to become a regenerated farm… Read More


  Do taxes. Build wattle fence. Write grant. Clear winter deadfall.  Repair gutters. Plant seedlings. Organize workshop. Mulch new herb garden. Pay bills. Clean chicken coop. Fix water pipe. Patch fence. Complete documentation report. Service rototiller. Dry oregano…. Read More

Into the Light

They poke up their heads like so many groundhogs all in a row. They cast eyes about. They see, they feel, neither winter nor spring. Instead, coaxed by the faux-sun of the silver halide lights overhead, they hang… Read More