The Mystery of the Chicken Sandwich: When does Food Taste THE BEST? Part 2

Saturday I tasted a sandwich that puzzled me. It was the best one I’d ever eaten and yet I couldn’t detect anything particularly special about it....more

The outdoor legacy

A couple of years ago, everything I received for Mother’s Day was green- green colored, or green-environmentally slanted, or both. One of those things was a t-shirt that read Outdoor Mama. I wore that shirt until it literally fell to pieces. It was so me, as were all the other gifts bestowed upon me by my daughters. ...more

Seashore Learning

I was born and raised in San Diego, California. (Yes, pictures like this one and that one are from that bee-u-ti-ful city.) But, in addition to my dear and loving family and friends there, it’s the ocean that holds my heart. San Diego’s ocean simply beckons one to interact. And not just on the seashore, but in the water.  ...more

Rainy Day reflections

As I sit here watching the rain come down for the 4th straight day, I'm tring to figure out how Mother Nature can be Mother Nature if she can't get outside. Hubby called me "Mother of storm clouds' this morning, becuase I;m gettign cranky.  Being the creative creature I am, I needed to find something to soothe the savage beast trying to get out of my breast.  Something other than sitting the tent up in the living room.  So I think I'll start writing my book of camping etiquette tips, things like 'don't asnwer the call of nature' so loudly I have to explain your actions t...more

A Lesson from Mother Nature

I learned a valuable lesson from Mother Nature this weekend. She may have brought me snow! But she couldn't take away my fun! It's all about compromise and going with the flow!   http://belleofthecarnival.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/a-lesson-from-mother-nature/...more

Toss That Pebble

For the Love of Nature

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The Compass Rose: Kindred Spirits

by Ainslie Jones Uhl(read the entire Compass Rose series here)...more

National Public Lands Day & Environmental Education

National Public Lands Day & Environmental Education Tomorrow, September 26, 2009 is 16th Annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. Public lands are all of those lands that belong to the public such as parks, forests, grasslands, scenic by-ways and waterways. These public lands include state parks, nature reserves, national forests and parks and other public monuments. Each of these public lands have 5 things in common 1. They are owned by everyone and no one. Each citizen has a stake in its health but no one person can claim it for his or her own. ...more

Early Morning in September: So Glad I'm not a "Night Person"

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.Martin Luther King Jr.I wanted to commemorate this day.Why?  It's a day just like every other day.  A day of play, with plans for my waist length hair to be hacked about 3 inches, and colored.  One BFF will watch the boys while I go do this, for the first time without the little men.  We are growing A's hair out, just to see what happens when we go 5 months between cuts for him.  Right now, he looks like a red-headed version of Paul McCartney, 60s Beatles style. ...more