Elise is fond of saying that Florida has only two seasons: dry summer and wet summer. For a tropical climate, this is an accurate assessment. We have seemingly started the transition into the wet season this week, with several days of torrential rain. In South Florida, "torrential rain" is not merely a heavy thunderstorm. The … Continue reading Walking through the swamps on a rainy day
When we moved into our new house in South Florida, one of our biggest regrets was that we had not worked it into our contract to have a certain dead palm tree in our yard removed. Our neighborhood is full of ancient royal palms that are truly enormous and thus very expensive to remove. We … Continue reading There Are Wee Parrots Nesting in Our Tree!
Henry Flagler with a blueberry on his head. Bearded Dragons love berries. We almost named him "Raspberry," because he had a fuchsia face from pounding down so many berries when we first saw him. We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunset. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places … Continue reading Bearded Dragons are the Craziest Pets
We live right on the Caloosahatchee River where it drains into the Gulf of Mexico. There are canals in our neighborhood where people keep their large sea-faring boats. The canals aren't especially deep and the neighborhood children love to swim in them. As we are of the "free-range" parenting persuasion, there is not much that … Continue reading “Amazonian river monster” found in the Caloosahatchee
A friend I made during our recent trip to Big Cypress National Preserve. Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the United States. It is also home to many threatened and endangered species - including the Florida Panther and West Indian Manatee - whose existence depends on park management … Continue reading A small Texas oil company wants to drill in Big Cypress National Preserve
I enjoy going down to the water when storms are moving through to see the whitecaps. I was a little surprised to see several fishing boats riding out the rough seas. I won't let our daughter go far into the water when the waves are like this, but we did play in the foam after … Continue reading An angry ocean
I found this video rather terrifying. Guy is out in the swamps in his kayak and an alligator comes out of nowhere and physically rams his kayak, tossing him into the water. He was fortunately able to grab onto a tree and right himself. The chap explains that it is alligator mating season (is it?) … Continue reading North Carolina man has kayak rammed by alligator
To the north: To the south: I love the emerald waters off of Florida in the summer.
I would say the Bible exists in that space that is half into the dream and half into articulated knowledge. Going into it, to find out what the stories are about, can aid our self-understanding. The other issue is that, if Nietzsche was correct, and if Jung was correct, and Dostoevsky, as well…Without the cornerstone provided … Continue reading Jordan Peterson’s Biblical Series podcasts are incredible
Sometimes I think I live in a gap between two worlds, one world that I have to wake up to, be adherent of the rules and live in a place that is dictated by others. A place I sometimes feel the fear of aging and dying before I have figured out what it is I … Continue reading Applying polyculture concepts to ornamental gardens