Category: Green Goddess

“But we were wise. We knew that hearts, away from nature, become hard.”

The Daily Beauty: Prickly Pear in Bloom

That's right, we're blooming!

Outside the UVa Bookstore, atop the Emmett Street parking garage, there are two sad concrete planters containing two much-abused plants: opuntiae, or prickly pear cactus. Temps on that brick and concrete walk are glacially cold in winter and must soar…

Close encounters of the reptile kind

...tensile muscle and bone...

After I took his picture, the snake booked. Not a surprising outcome, you might be thinking. But I had spotted drops of blood on his shining ecru underbelly. And he was looped into such an intricate curlicue–of shock? of self-defense?–that…

Spring: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

What privet wants to be when it grows up.

Just for the record–2012 has not been my favorite Virginia spring. In fact for months now the weather has been balanced on a knife-edge of climatic chaos. We had a warm winter that blew up, repeatedly, into frequent, violent storms:…

The Thing Called Hope

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Far too regularly, I seem to succumb to despair. The things I care about seem so obvious to me–and yet so unimportant to my own family members and most of the people I know. My struggle with industrial food, for…