Stories from the mountain.

Aug. 13, 2021

facing a fire

“When something is festering in your memory or your imagination, laws of silence don’t work, it’s just like shutting a door and locking it on a house on fire in hope of forgetting that the house is burning. But not facing a fire do…

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Aug. 6, 2021

learning to swim

Another one of my best friends came for a visit this week, and he brought Ozzy, his 'best friend.' It was a visit with a purpose: to get his first swimming lesson. It's one of my favorite summer rituals here on the mountain. Bodhi learned to swim h…

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July 28, 2021

thanks a million

Today the podcast officially passed the one million download mark. When I started Listen To Sleep in the summer of 2019, I never imagined telling bedtime stories would introduce me to so many wonderful people from all over the world. I'm so gratefu…

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July 23, 2021

bath tub frog

It's been hot hot here for the past few weeks. The bears and lots of other critters have the creek to cool off in, but many of the Sierran tree frogs around here don't live by the creek. They stick to the coolest, driest places they can find around …

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Some folks get a little nervous when they hear that we have rattlesnakes here on the mountain. Yes, they are venomous and can do some damage with their bites, but they are also a key predator for rodents, and especially the gophers who love to eat t…

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It's been over 100 degrees most days this week, so we're spending as much time as possible by the swimming hole. One of my best friends is here and he's a fantastic photographer. Chris has taken a bunch of great photos while he's been visiting the …

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June 26, 2021

bumble bees & tiktoks

Bees work so hard, but never seem overwhelmed. I aspire to be more like them; staying busy but also remembering to take time to just be. :) One thing I added to my schedule this week is posting videos to TikTok. When I first found TikTok, it seemed…

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Summer is my favorite season for having visitors up on the mountain. You can be outside almost all the time, and there's no shortage of fun and relaxing things to do, like floating away the afternoon down at the swimming hole. I got to do that this…

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The wildflowers are wrapping up their blooms as we head into summer here on the mountain, but I found this picture I took a few weeks ago that I wanted to share with you. These firecracker flowers, Dichelostemma ida-maia, are native to Northern Cali…

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This was a difficult week for me. Some things I'd been working on didn't go as I'd hoped, and the weight of everything we've all been through these past 18 months just felt a bit crushing. It was hard to escape the frustration and sadness I was feel…

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