Stories from the mountain.

March 16, 2021

manzanita flowers

Manzanita is such a beautiful plant and it grows everywhere here on the mountain. It's got a smooth, bark-less maroon trunk and grows as both a bush and as a tree. It's also got some medicinal uses and the Native Americans in these parts made a cide…

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March 12, 2021

california buckeye

The California buckeye trees are the first to leaf out in the spring and the first to drop their leaves in late summer. Every part of this tree is beautiful. In a couple months, I'll show you a picture of the flowers. :) They have another kind of …

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March 11, 2021

after the storm

We had a cold front come in from the north this week. It dumped some more snow on the ridges and some rain down here in Rainbow Valley. Joe, Bodhi and I took a walk yesterday afternoon to go and fetch the eggs from the chickens and as we were walkin…

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March 8, 2021


About a year ago, I decided that I was going to grow my hair out. At first, I felt like it needed a reason, like "I'm growing it until I can get a vaccine." Then, somewhere along the way, I just started saying that I wanted to be a wizard. These da…

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March marks one year that we've been mostly hunkered down here at the cabin. While it's been difficult not to see friends and family, it's also been an opportunity to connect more deeply with this land and the plants and animals who live here. The …

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Feb. 23, 2021

chosen family

In today's Wall Street Journal, they published a story about 'chosen families,' a term that originated in the gay community in the 70s & 80s. The writer got in touch with me via Twitter after I tweeted something about how important both my chose…

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This week wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for me. It was hard, for no particular reason and ALL of the reasons. I felt like I hit a wall of depression when I marked one year without seeing my parents. One year without any work in San Francisco. One…

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Jan. 29, 2021


We had a welcome surprise this week. :) Our 'mediterranean climate' doesn't often yield snow, but sometimes a burst of cold comes down from the north and turns everything white for a day or so and this week we had one of those. I grew up in New En…

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I hope you're all well and that the new year is all you hope for. It's a cold, grey Sunday here in Northern California, but there's a fire in the wood stove, and I've got the cabin to myself while Joe and Bodhi are off for a walk. I'm taking this …

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Jan. 19, 2021

time to reflect

Yesterday afternoon the sun came out and the temps were in the high 60s, so Joe and I took a walk up to the top of the hill to enjoy the weather and get some much-needed vitamin D. We talked about ways to make life and work better, our triggers for …

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