Death in the Garden: Appreciating the Beauty of Life

I knew in an instant it was dying. As the evening descended, speaking on the phone with my friend nearby in Carmel Valley and gazing out at the shifting hues of water and sky in the cove, a struggling band-tailed pigeon flapped and flopped across the stone terrace. “Oh no!” I exclaimed as my heart


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 typed those