Book review: Seeking Enlightenment, Hat by Hat by Nevada Barr
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Book review: Seeking Enlightenment, Hat by Hat by Nevada Barr

Book Review: Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat by Nevada Barr Because I like both mysteries and nature writing, I’ve always been drawn to the books by Nevada Barr. Her work features┬ástrong women who go against the odds, and win. Her heroine, Anna Pidgeon, a park ranger, has been trapped in a desert sinkhole, underwater in…

Doing the hard thing
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Doing the hard thing

In the summer the sun rises early in New Hampshire. I knew there would be something to see if I set the alarm and rose to greet it. But I’d flown across country the day before and spent a good part of the evening catching up with family happenings. I didn’t want to get up….

Doesn’t take much to keep me happy
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Doesn’t take much to keep me happy

Abiquiu, New Mexico is north of Albuquerque, north of Santa Fe, even north of Taos. Georgia O’Keeffe discovered it and spent years there creating her own artistic way of seeing flowers, and nature, and blue sky. When I visited her Ghost Ranch, the isolation and peace of the country allowed me to slow down and…

The beauty in the edge
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The beauty in the edge

I was an enthusiastic tree climber as a youngster, mounting branch by branch to peek into birds’ nests and feel the bark against my fingers. Nowadays, my leaf viewing is more distant. But in Fall we get to see more than just color with fallen leaves. We view them, once again, up close and personal….

Where everybody knows your name
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Where everybody knows your name

When I was researching the setting for the latest Pegasus Quincy novel, I wanted to include a scene where Silver Delaney and Rory Stevens meet in a bar. But just not any bar. This one had to be the local neighborhood hangout, where after work the lineup at the old wood bar is three deep….

Equilibrium for a planet of paradox
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Equilibrium for a planet of paradox

I’m a Weather Channel junkie, and this week I’ve been glued to the screen watching rivers overflow, highways flood, people rescued from rooftops and attics. Water at its most destructive. Yet I am reminded that it isn’t always this way. In the Arizona desert, water is precious, every single drop. On the trail around Courthouse…

Keep your eye on the sky
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Keep your eye on the sky

I had just come out of the grocery store. My mind was filled with eggs and celery and pork cutlets. Then I turned around and saw this. I was transfixed, and so was everyone else in the parking lot. We stopped and stared. And then turned and nodded to each other, aware that what had…

Everything vanishes if you wait long enough
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Everything vanishes if you wait long enough

One of the most famous rock formations near Sedona, Arizona is called Coffee Pot Rock. It is shaped like one of those old-fashioned campfire coffee pots that the cowboy cooks always used to keep at the ready, of course. What could be more fitting for this Western town. I took this picture from an urban…

The color of beauty
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The color of beauty

This red and blue-green giant agave plant calls the Thompson-Boyce Arboretum home. I often go visit this amazing place, about half-way between Apache Junction and Superior in Arizona. I find peace here, and plants that never fail to surprise me and enrich my life. What I like best about this plant is its glowing diversity…

Look behind you
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Look behind you

It was a cold, sunlit morning in November when I took this photograph of the crystal water at Red Rock Crossing. Behind me were the magnificent totems of Cathedral Rock, but I chose to look down, instead. The soft sandstone had been worn smooth by the creek that ebbs and flows according to the season,…