Those Darn Squirrels

Those Darn Squirrels

Life throws them at you, testing to see if you will swerve.

Whether you like squirrels, or not, they will get into your path at some point or another.

I have one now in my sights. Standing at attention. Looking at me, looking at her.

She turns her back and another friend shows up on the fence line, above the raspberries now past their season.

The sun filters in from the east. The bird feeder sways in the morning breeze.

It is still early, but I’ve been up for hours. It feels like it should be later.

A chase pursues from the teak deck, through the rhubarb, and past the dried up blueberries.

I have this angst in my heart at the moment and I see that it reflects in my mood;

I see the threat and not the love.

I realize that the two are in pursuit of one another. They scamper up the pear tree.

Nature from my own backyard.

Enjoy your morning,

Miel

P.S. Those Darn Squirrels is one of our favorite story books out there.

My Mom Smokes Pot

My Mom Smokes Pot

It’s been a year since I “came out of the cannabis closet” to my husband and the online world. A lot has changed since last year. Most of all, that I’ve stopped smoking pot, serendipitously before needing to pass my first drug screen for my new job. But despite changing my ways privately, I recognize that in… Continue Reading

Tiller for Sale: Dreaming of owning our home town

Tiller for Sale: Dreaming of owning our home town

A family friend recently forwarded me the Oregonian article on “Tiller for Sale.” I chatted with him about how Miel and I have been dreaming about creating an eco-village resort there. His response: “I’m there!” Tiller happens to be where we went to Kindergarten, before our parents moved down river to their home in Days… Continue Reading

Is it Fair to All Concerned?

Is it Fair to All Concerned?

After the flurry of Facebook comments about my break up with the Rotary Club of Astoria, I feel like I need to share some final thoughts, especially regarding the question of “Is it Fair to All Concerned?” First, although I can understand why my choice to leave the Astoria club so publicly could feel offensive… Continue Reading

Mediation vs. Melanoma

Mediation vs. Melanoma

Luckily today was atypical for this yippie chick. Not severely displastic (humor for the derms and nurses out there ;-), but I’m glad it isn’t ever day that has to be like today. It was a misty Oregon morning drive back from the coast, after a quick overnight at our Olivia Beach Camp Cabins. I… Continue Reading

Women’s World March – #WhyIMarch

Women’s World March – #WhyIMarch

Chills run through me when I consider the movement we have upon us. To see the whole wide world of women marching. Let’s make it bigger than ever. There is a part of me that wants to turn off reality and ignore the politics we face today. Then there is the part that knows I have no option… Continue Reading

#WhyIMarch: A heartfelt response to my skeptical husband

#WhyIMarch: A heartfelt response to my skeptical husband

#WhyIMarch: I am in absolute awe of this moment in #Herstory. It’s a beautiful experience to witness and celebrate the diverse social justice causes that women stand for. It’s wonderful to see generations together, and the sisterly solidarity that defines us. It was simply delightful to peacefully march with my daughters, mother, sister and twin-in-law in… Continue Reading