Can a garden thrive in times of drought? You bet! Here is a practical guide to more productive watering techniques that will help save money and conserve our very precious resource.
Learn about the 10-lined June bug. A serendipitous encounter with one during an afternoon of reading inspired this short poem in the 5/7/5/7/7 format of Japanese Tanka
Usually seen in botanical gardens due to their rare and showy blooms, the smaller candle-type puya plants of South America can be grown in the drier climates and sandy soils of the Southwestern U.S.
Simple facts about the weeping willow tree and my poem entitled "Sensuous Willow" which I was inspired to write after a visit to the arboretum.
Take a look at the pangram and learn its significance in the history of graphic arts. Word play helps spelling and vocabulary skills and improves creative writing. Try it!
My observations and notes on the beautiful and functional water lily and my poem inspired by it.
What would you pick if you could only keep only 10 of your favorite albums? Here is my list, in no particular order.
Spending time in the garden with a keen eye to notice the small details prompts me to write whimsical bits about insects.
On a budget? Need a personal DIY gift with that "wow" factor? Tips on how to compile photos and make custom DVDs for an audio/visual walk down Memory Lane.
Colorful Fall leaves inspire a Japanese Tanka in the 5-7-5-7-7 format.
Learn how to relieve tension and renew energy with this 5 minute routine which can be done while sitting at a work station.
Fall foraging behavior of backyard wildlife inspires verses from my garden.
Plants are equipped to adapt to environmental situations and stressors, just like humans. They also respond to tactile stimulation, but do plants actually have feelings?
After 75 years of being upstaged by plastics, the tagua nut, known as "vegetable ivory" has resurfaced as one of the most sustainable products in the world. Hopefully, its comeback will put an end to the senseless slaughter of animals for their tusks.
Nature's ingenuity never ceases to amaze me! A seed pod can survive over 10 years, floating hundreds of miles, until taking root on an island's shore.
Each morning your new lawn appears to have been rolled back to expose dirt. What is going on, and what steps should be taken to fix the problem? Read on. . .
Good customer service is the key to success whether business is conducted online or in a store. Read on to learn key strategies and how small businesses actually have more leverage.
Learn how to eat for strong bones, healthy joints, and overall wellness and vitality.
Transitions are an inevitable part of life, and we witness them in our natural world—from the changing of the seasons, to the slow sculpting of the Earth's landscape.
Musings on the celestial changes between night and day in the Japanese Tanka poetic form which follows a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format.
Haiku- inspired verse expressing my thoughts of the hours between dusk and first daylight.
Learn to recognize signs of distress and treat the most common injuries with confidence.
A stunning palette of yellows and greens in my backyard garden inspires these spring vignettes.
A garden is any personal space to relax and commune with nature. There are no rules, only possibilities. Here are some tips and creative ideas.
A cottage industry finds success by producing natural and sustainable health and beauty products. Proceeds support research of bee colony collapse disorder, and all products are made in the USA.
A look at the custom of taking tea, its history, preparation, and presentation.
Sensorial memories inspire haiku-like verse from each of the four seasons.
The minimalism of the bare and icy landscape actually intensifies my focus and inspires these winter haiku.
A relaxing post-Thanksgiving walk through the woodlands at the local botanical gardens is filled with charming surprises.
A brief bio of the British animator with a sixth sense for cat behavior. Meet the mischievous cat fashioned after Tofield's own felines, and watch his antics on short animation clips.
Three vignettes capture the changes in the garden as late summer becomes fall.
The May garden comes fully alive with both visual and auditory stimulation which I 've expresed in haiku-inspired verse.
Deserts are places of extreme contrast, and as such are often overlooked as places to visit. What a shame! The desert has so much to offer, especially in the way of wildflowers. March and April are the best times to witness the transformation from bare to full of blooms.
Photographs from each season of the year create vignettes that stir sensorial memories and profound thoughts.
Viewing my rain-drenched garden through a camera's lens inspired these haiku-style verses... I hope you enjoy them!
An introduction to the hugely talented and successful cartoonist who dared to find humor in the macabre.
A look into the fashion of ladies' hats through history from its function to protect hair to its status as designer wear.
A close-up inspection of my garden and its miniature denizens inspires me to express my observations in simple verse.
It may read like science fiction, but these fascinating examples of insect behavior come from the dedicated study by the late Thomas Eisner, the Father of Chemical Ecology.
Yikes!! Spring always brings these giant " mosquito-like" bugs. Learn all about them, their habits, and control.
An overview of one of the most recognizable and beloved tropical garden flowers.
A collection of my photographs and thoughts on spring bring vignettes from my local botanical gardens.
A presentation of different solutions to hillside erosion and approaches to landscape in these areas with a focus on plants that sustain wildlife.
A How-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions on making wise choices for your landscape design.
Lovely and colorful blooms bring poetic imagery of frilly dresses and cotillions
General facts about the beautiful hummingbird, its habits and preferences, with a focus on the species and native flora that attract them in Southern California.
Fall and Spring and bring the Santa Ana winds which begin as a welcomed warm caress and build in intensity to destructive gales. Haiku verse describes that progression in few words
Tips on how to help gardens grow vigorously, prevent disease, and deter harmful insects. Whether store- bought or produced at home, worm castings are a gardener's best friend.
A Seasonal rain storm is captured from start to finish in successive verses of haiku.
Are we sufficiently preparing the next generation for the future? An examination of the realities our kids face following graduation.
A discussion of optimum lawn care and practical environmental stewardship.
When in doubt, don't put it in the dryer! Extend the life of your wardrobe and table linens with these simple stain removal tips.
A concise overview of steps one can take to preserve overall health and well-being regardless of age or physical limitations. Includes suggestions for natural pain relief.
Build a beautiful garden around native flora and fauna. Attract pollinators and reap the benefits of an easy-care garden while enjoying visits from birds and other creatures.