Little Messengers of Mystery: The Blue Bird

I’ve been feeding the birds lately. Sitting on the deck in lovely Carmel Valley, where I’ve been once again for a writing and work retreat, I’m falling back in love with the little garden birds who live here. My personal favorites are the iridescent, acrobatic hummingbirds—one just zoomed loudly by me as I wrote those…

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The Fire Alarm and Greeting the Dawn

It was the fire alarm that woke me. In the predawn darkness, the loud electronic siren in the house roused me instantly from deep dreaming. Confused, I thought it was the newly installed burglar alarm (there have been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood). My beloved is away in Florida and I am alone…

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A Maui Moon

I was just outside singing to the moon. A tattered patchwork quilt of silver clouds is thrown across the night sky, illuminated by a luminous pearl rising through the darkly woven lattice of trees. Strangely, for over a week now, I’ve had Joan Baez in my head, singing “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress”.  It’s an…

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Living at the Threshold between Worlds

Evening has arrived early, padding stealthily down the mountain on soft cat’s paws. Though it is only afternoon, daylight fades beneath misty ribbons of cloud that wrap around this little cottage and weave beguilingly through the surrounding green lattice of leafy trees. Looking out through broad windows and sliding glass doors, my verdant world is…

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The Decorator Rat

I almost regret killing him. Who would have guessed that he had such an eye for home decorating? I’m referring to the rat that shared our house for almost a month at the year-end holidays, keeping us awake at night and eluding all manner of traps and poison until I finally caught him in the…

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