Once upon a time the land that we call home was part of the majestic coastal redwood forest. Acres of towering trees, from tall ridge tops down to the edges of the Pacific Ocean, marched across the landscape as far as the eye could see. Walk today in the whispery quiet of a redwood … More The Forest For The Trees
Smells evoke memories, especially the smell of food. Remember when you came home from school and an intoxicating savory aroma would dance you directly into the kitchen? In my case, it was the scent of dinner simmering in the electric crock -pot, (an ingenious culinary invention from the 70s). My full time working mother … More Sun Of A Crockpot Momma
Spring glorious spring. While spring itself may not technically be an “off grid livin’” topic, all things being connected, and all things are connected, it is now. And, besides, I simply cannot help myself. This season has captivated and enthralled me, each and every moment of it. From the wild and wooly rain storms, … More Ode To Spring
If you stand on our ridge top and do a three sixty, you might easily believe that the surrounding densely- wooded hills hold but a scattering of homes. Jenn and I certainly thought this when first we landed on Gualala ranch. At that time there were no three sixty degree views, just an unhealthy … More Community
When my wife, Jenn and I chose to make our home in the rugged coastal hills we knew we would be sharing our space with wild critters. We accepted this as a gift as we both love most things wild: wild storms thrill us, wild places sooth us, wild flowers delight us and wild animals … More Whose Backyard Is It Anyway?