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Diurnal Black Bear
August 2017

A young black bear apparently didn't get the word about nocturnal feeding.

Sitting at my desk, I look out agog at 12:15 PM:   Three meters away outside the patio doors, the bear starts bending the bird feeder pole to get at sunny seeds.

I pound on the window as the feeder pole lists 20 degrees to starboard.

Ursa glances my way and tilts the hummingbird feeder so syrup pours onto its paw. Licks it up. 

I open the other window and begin bellowing. It ambles through the garden and climbs the north fence onto the road.

This is not your usual gardening season with late snow and frosts, then seven weeks of drought. The last two mornings I've poked my nose out at first light to 35 degrees F.

Late planted tomatoes are bent heavy with green fruit. Which may soon decorate windowsills, to ripen over the following weeks. 

With a few dishes of fried green tomatoes and cream gravy to fortify guests as the nights grow longer and colder.



Music of Bees
April 2017

Wild and honeybees filled a bright snowy morning with their buzzy song. Wet snow had somehow spared the fruit tree blossoms, though not some branches of a huge apricot fruiting for generations.

Birds are doing feeding frenzies over sunflower and thistle seed and suet. I bring the feeders in at night, so as to preserve them from black bears down from their caves and burrows in the higher mountains. Last year a grumpy bear surprised me early, squashed a woven wire fence, tromped a raised bed and bent the wrought iron bird feeder pole at right angle!

Duly noted. Years ago a woman here named the bears and would shoo them from the garden with a broom. Hm. Apparently not annoying a mama bear with cubs nearby, a potentially lethal encounter.

Am maybe not too late shmart; I ponder that proximity to ursine wildness from respectful distance.

More snow is expected, but flower treats are peeking up through the mulch: a Madonna lily, delphiniums, herbs. Am keen to plant pansies.

It may finally be Spring!


Freedom
March 2017

Friends who quietly attend to the introspection time of winter's long nights are reporting pain-release, familial pain. Convoluted enough and where is the Ariadne thread? 

But on a societal level, am wondering about the rage and hysteria being encouraged toward a president-elect who vows to bring down the mafia-like takeover of government.

We're a few generations into broken families, Daddy's gone missing in the welfare state, and in both parents, often divorced,  frenetically holding down high-stress jobs.

Curious fury against an alpha male president-elect. The nation seems to be acting out an almost Borderline sense of abandonment and lash-out.

Snowflakes raised by daycare, by indulgent guilty absent parents and government schools, come to pieces if not rewarded. It's a striking failure of reality check on the spectre of growing up.

This winter an extraordinary Pueblo man died quietly after celebrating his 100th birthday. He was the last local survivor of the Bataan Death March, 

He recovered and became a mentor to tribal younglings and the larger community. He had lost everything but his heart.


Winter Snows Falling
Dec. 2016

Am dreaming of this weekend's "Scottish Christmas" with a piper in full Highland regalia. Amazing Grace, and carols all but shivering one's bone marrow!

Following the arc of seasons to ancient bonfires which welcomed the return of sunlight at Winter Solstice, am startled to realize the gift of Keltic music. 

I hear surf crashing, the wild cry of seagulls, the howl of wolves, bells, harp and dancing! Torchlight is long ago, and we forget it, flicking the light switch, that night time light eluded our ancestors through long cold months. I hope to hear an Irish band on the Solstice, assuming the snowy roads are navigable. And bell-ringers at Christmas as "angels wing their flight o'er all the earth." 

On 19 Dec. Mercury begins its three week danse macabre through cyberspace. Am already having techno-difficulties. Attempt at paragraphs trigger sudden repetitions of text. So will leave with warm wishes to readers all over the world.