The Beautiful Saguaro

There is a story in Native Sonoran lore that a very long time ago a beautiful young girl sank into the sand and perished. In that very spot, a few years later, a cactus emerged. It grew to enormous height and developed two arms, reaching to the sky. In truth, few saguaros fit the standard […]

Ticklin’ Daddy’s Toes

Gotcha! I’ll bet that title has just enough of an Ew! Gross! ring to perk up everyone’s prurient interest. Now, the big letdown. The Daddy I’m talking about isn’t really anybody’s Daddy at all; well, maybe that’s not quite true, because there are lots of them, so many of them probably are somebody’s Daddy. Daddy […]

Quiet Fun

“Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun.” — G. K. Chesterton I don’t own a microscope; if I did, I’m sure I wouldn’t know what to do with it. If I remember correctly, the last time I used one of those instruments was in a high school […]

Trying Times

My pets tend to live a long time. That’s the good news and the bad news. The good news is that a long life usually is a sign of a well-lived life. The bad news is that humans become very attached to their pets. The longer they are attached, the harder it is to let […]