Innate Resources

“Trees do not force their sap, nor does the flower push its bloom.” -Ranier Maria Rilke Our planet is blanketed with the beauty and biodiversity of five major biomes, large, naturally occurring communities of plants and animals that occupy a broad geographic area. The five major biomes include the tundra, desert, forests, grassland, and aquatic. WithinContinue reading “Innate Resources”


“Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”    –  Unknown Living in northern Alaska,  I was acutely aware of my place on the planet. The brilliant, stark, icy, white tundra juxtaposed to the warm, saturated, vivid, technicolor sky was an awe-inspiring landscape of infinite beauty. Continue reading “Aspect”


“When leaves have to let go of the tree, they wear their best colors and they dance all the way to the ground.”   – Karen Kingsbury In the botanical context, abscission is the shedding of various plant parts, the dropping of leaves, fruit, flowers, or seeds.  Senescence means “to grow old” and is theContinue reading “Abscission”

Starting from Seed: Growing Intention from the Heart

“Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed the creates our future.”                                                                                        Continue reading “Starting from Seed: Growing Intention from the Heart”

Starting from Seed: Hydroponics

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle As we move into the outdoor growing season, many of us are waiting impatiently to plant our annual flowers and vegetables. Although the days are warming up, it is important to be mindful of the time frame for the last frost in your location,Continue reading “Starting from Seed: Hydroponics”


“Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.”      –  Mike Norton As we stand in the midst of a global pandemic, seclusionContinue reading “Solitude”

The Edge Effect

“The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.“ – Rachel Carson In October 2018, I left my community where I had lived, worked, and raised my family for 27 years. Feeling stuck in my comfort zone and in my life, I found myself down in the tall weeds and unable to seeContinue reading “The Edge Effect”


“There is magic in decay. A dance to be done for the rotting.”    -Don Chelotti Decomposition is the act of breaking down.  In natural systems, decomposition is an important part of the circle of life.  It is the mechanism by which dead, complex, organic matter is broken down into simpler compounds.  Decomposers, such asContinue reading “Decomposition”


“Transformation comes from within and seeds have mastered the art.”  – Scott Chaskey Angiosperms, flowering plants, and gymnosperms, cone-bearing plants, are the two groups of plants that produce seeds.  Angiosperms usually produce a fruit.  Both groups reproduce sexually and most flowers contain both the male and female reproductive structures.  The male reproductive part is theContinue reading “Seeds”


“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” – Rumi From the time I was a small child, it has been all about the love.  Deep within my center is a well-spring of unconditional love.  It has been the source of my relationship with nature and humanity.  Love manifests in me as patience, kindness, loyalty,Continue reading “Love”