earth day and gardening

Every day should be Earth day. But that’s another post. Start small. You don’t need a green thumb to grow simply things like onions, beans, and lettuce in your own backyard. Teaching kids to plant seeds is teaching them about where their food comes from and gives them an appreciation for the earth. If space is a problem, think about joining a community garden, or co-op. You’ll take turns caring for the soil, weeding, and watering. Make it a family affair! When it comes time to harvest, you’ll be amazed at what your portion of the yield will be.

My Garden

It’s also a great way to get to know your neighbors.

summer + nature = redwoods


No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe.

~ John Steinbeck

Summer along the California coast is inspirational, nothing more so than the Redwood National Forest, enjoying it so much I’m making it a feature in the next series.

Mother Earth, oh, happy day!

“He plants trees to benefit another generation.”

Caecilius Statius

Earth Day. 2015.

Give back.

Plant a tree.

Big Sur


For most of my life I’ve taken trees for granted. They’ve always been there when I needed one. If you’ve ever been outside on a really, really hot summer day and looked for shade to get some relief, you’re probably a BIG fan of trees. Here in Southern California the average temps have increased by 6°F over the last 50 years.  We’re losing trees at a rapid rate. Every day somewhere, developers move into an area, cut down a swath of trees without blinking an eye. But trees are valuable. They give something back. They cool urban areas by up to 10°F. Trees provide shade for picnics, or for those times you take a break while riding your bike. Through their leaves, trees release valuable water vapor into the air. For the complete list of good things trees do, go to

Celebrate the earth. Plant a tree. Your children’s children might one day thank you.

Help Cecilia Spark Raise Funds for Born Free


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Ngaire Elder, author of The Adventures of Cecilia Spark series of children’s books, is once again showing her generous spirit. She’s donating all the profits from her books for the month of June to the Born Free Foundation in support … Continue reading

Celebrate summer — plant a garden


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Memorial Day Weekend is the all-time indicator that summer is right around the corner. There’s something special about this particular holiday. And not just the fact it’s set aside to honor our troops. That special day we use to remember those who’ve died in service to our country also … Continue reading