she’d been northern junco out rustling among dry leaves in the front raking sorting through seed hulls her buttons because it was what                    spring a nice day required of her species Jody Continue reading



The first animal you would find in the phonebook, from Afrikaans (the queen of double-a words) where aard means earth and vark means pig, and last survivor of primeval hoofed animals, Continue reading

Lay of the Land

Back to the Land

Not far from Austin, a dirt road winds through patches of bluestem, spiked mesquite, and twisted live oaks on the working Freeman ranch, owned by Texas State University. Continue reading


7 Gentle Ways to Use a Broom in Spring

What do we expect, really, opening wide the doors for spring-cleaning? A raccoon that visits in the daytime is not likely to be rabid; it is just looking for pie and cookies. Fortunately, the broom is at hand. Continue reading