No Sleigh Required

No Sleigh Required

I was that child in third grade…the last one still clinging to the firm belief that Santa was real. Many of my peers told me that Santa was make-believe, and I refused to believe them. I was the lone holdout in the third grade. But I was confident in my faith in Santa. Two weeks … Continue reading


Ancient Goddess, Modern Problems

Last week, my husband and I snuck away to see ACT Theater’s adaptation of the epic Indian story, Ramayana. Ramayana tells of the heroic deeds and journey of Rama, one of the incarnations of the deity Vishnu. Rama weds a woman that he loves dearly, the princess Sita. Although Rama is much beloved by his … Continue reading

Eco-Bitch, At Your Service

Last week, I read blog entry entitled, “Mother Earth called. She wants you to stop being such an asshole.” For a moment, I entertained the hope that this blogger would be calling people out for asshole-ish behavior, like continuing to buy huge Hummers while plastering “I support our troops” bumper stickers to the back of … Continue reading

It’s Official

Thursday night, when I delayed bringing in the groceries from the car because I had to rescue my neighbor’s Styrofoam from the trash pile, I realized that I have officially crossed the line. I am Pemco’s Northwest Profile #17 – Obessive Compulsive Recycler. I know this is not news to many of you, especially my poor … Continue reading

A Very Good Thing Indeed

Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon tending the compost and recycling station at our neighborhood’s summer festival. I was recruited by my friend Barb, who is my main resource for all things waste-related (and also my idol). If you think I know a lot about recycling and waste, you should meet Barb! She puts … Continue reading



So, how would you respond if a child of about nine years old, whom you had never before met, looked you straight in the eye and said in the snottiest voice possible, “Would you MOVE?!” I was completely taken back for a second or two, as I perched on a small bench with a squirmy … Continue reading

The Safety Net

It was a hard week in Seattle this week. On Wednesday, a man opened fire in a funky neighborhood café, killing 4 people who were drinking their morning coffee. He then killed a 5th because he wanted her car, before he turned his gun on himself. This followed last week’s killing of a dad literally … Continue reading

The Nancy Reagan of Pollinators

The Nancy Reagan of Pollinators

This spring I joined the ranks of the estimated 150,000 non-commercial beekeepers in the United States. Backyard beekeeping is quite the trendy hobby here in my neck of the woods, or urban forest as it were. Here in Wallingford, Seattle, I have already encountered four other beekeepers that live within walking distance. Within a few … Continue reading