Nature

Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree, California

Today is day one of a California summer adventure! And day ones are about getting acclimated, adjusting to the road and a totally new lay of the land. This land, our land/your land, is coated in a sun-dried muff; it’s baked, the high and mighty […]

🇺🇸 Beer, Baseball, Veggie Dogs 🇺🇸

🇺🇸 Beer, Baseball, Veggie Dogs 🇺🇸

It is the 4th of July long weekend so it was time for baseball and beer.  And veggie dogs.  Sometimes I think that I get a Citi Field veggie dog just to have a vehicle for piles of stuff from the fixin’s bar.  Lucas Duda’s […]

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

There are things that go very differently in my head. The first day of my Summer break… In my head I rouse from a peaceful slumber as a stray ray of sunlight gently taps my shoulder.  Hovering Blue Jays hold up an impractical, sheer house […]

June Traditions

June Traditions

My bag packed for the 5th Grade overnight trip, I had my sweet tooth covered. But that’s about it… It would be our last year at Club Getaway, so we’d have to make it count. This included sneaking off from my group to take scenic […]

The Magic in Montauk–Youth, Gentrification, Bad Tofu Scramble Wraps and Conspiracy Theory

The Magic in Montauk–Youth, Gentrification, Bad Tofu Scramble Wraps and Conspiracy Theory

Twenty years ago, after our closing shifts at Tower Records in Carle Place, my coworkers and I used to drive to the tip of Long Island, arriving at Montauk Point between 1 or 2 in the morning. We did this repeatedly, ceremoniously, as we inducted new recruits. Together, we’d […]

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

I recently had to write the yearbook letter for my graduating 5th grade class. Though I love to write, in general–mostly because I’m not that great at speaking but always have a lot to say–the prospect of translating the internal world… to words… with a deadline […]

Pink and Red All Over

Pink and Red All Over

Though I don’t like pink on men because I am a confused jumble of progressive principles and old fashioned ideals that leave me mostly mourning the disappearance of real men, Lou Barlow can wear pink if he wants to. He can also describe his feelings vividly in song, sure. If […]

Backyard Colors

Backyard Colors

With spring definitively here, the bulbs I planted last September are starting to poke out their heads in the backyard… like these late daffodils with the complicated faces.  Trees are finally blooming. And so I stored my winter coats and sweaters away.  I’ve gushed about tulips […]

Vegan Amsterdam, Part Two

Vegan Amsterdam, Part Two

One thing that Europe does right is their train stations. Besides being within massive and ornate cathedrals, they are always wide open and airy, contain several flapping pigeons for effect, and are very easy to navigate. Like this here Amsterdam Centraal Station. Why are they so beautiful? Perhaps […]

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

I am pretty sick of the land being a scratchy shade of dry beige. The animals are marching out of their dens, ready for spring. Myself included. But far more exciting, this fox. Who sees beautiful foxes in their path randomly? Luckily me today. The fox, a Red Fox, was walking […]

Seasons Change

Seasons Change

Beautiful snow striations. Winter’s last word. Dumpling peaks. Blackstrap yolk. Who dun it? M.O.B.‘s California burger in Brooklyn. Carrot poker chips.

Scenes from A Long Island Staycation

Scenes from A Long Island Staycation

Typically the weather during my mid-winter school break, the week of Presidents’ day, is poor. The usual snow chances have me avoiding travel and “hunkering down” at home in hibernation mode, perhaps planning Spring and Summer adventures. This year, however, had me stricken with early onset Spring […]

Pink / Red and Pretty [Breaking in a Canon G9X]

Pink / Red and Pretty [Breaking in a Canon G9X]

The Canon G9X reminds me of my grandfather’s old camera, especially in this nifty case. It’s a great camera, but there’s no viewfinder… which kind of kills the whole nostalgic feel of it.  But it sure takes a pretty picture. Another go at the Sprinkles […]

Ladybug/Slug Break

Ladybug/Slug Break

While planting bulbs in the backyard, I encountered this lovely ladybug and slug who did not mind a photoshoot.  So I obliged.

<b>I đź’— Sloths: My Sloth Sleepover</b> at Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center

I đź’— Sloths: My Sloth Sleepover at Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center and the Sloth Captive Husbandry Research Center

I spent 12 hours in a sloth habitat in Oregon and learned so much about these fascinating animals. The habitat is part of Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center. They take in sloths who have lost their habitat due to logging or who have been orphaned. Below are […]

Sunflower Pumpkin Patch

Sunflower Pumpkin Patch

How delightful to stumble upon a field of flowers in rural New Jersey! I couldn’t pass it up, especially because my own sunflowers are now all dead.   Happy sunflower faces against the grey day. Kind of a mystery why these cuties are still standing… What is […]

Moon Flower / 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe

Moon Flower / 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe

The start of a new school year is a taxing time. From freedom to strenuous furniture moving, room design and set-up, to planning units of study.. then the delivery, and all teaching entails. No one day alike, ever-changing variables and constant stimulation. And with the […]

Croissants, Red Rocks, Health Guru and Voodoo [Utah & Colorado]

Croissants, Red Rocks, Health Guru and Voodoo [Utah & Colorado]

Passion Flour Patisserie is an all-vegan French pastry shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. I arrived when brunch was still being served so I had to partake in both sweet and savory.  There was plenty of pretty, delicate options that I fancied, including French macarons.  But […]

Vegan Victuals hits state 49!! Hello, Idaho

Vegan Victuals hits state 49!! Hello, Idaho

Leaving my campsite outside Yellowstone and getting on my way to Idaho, I had to head back south to see an old friend… the Tetons! I missed the sunrise lightshow by just a couple of minutes over at a popular viewpoint Oxbow Bend Turn-out back in […]

The Really Long Post About Yellowstone Park That Eventually Has Pictures of Vegan Food

The Really Long Post About Yellowstone Park That Eventually Has Pictures of Vegan Food

For a gal who always sees the first a.m. showing of movies in the theater to avoid people, going to Yellowstone National Park in August is a little counterintuitive. However, crowded in Yellowstone Country is far different than crowded in, say, the New York City […]

Teton Chaser

Teton Chaser

Everything in Jackson, Wyoming revolves around the Tetons. And proving this, I spent my day finding a variety of ways and circumstances in which I could see the Tetons. Starting at the crack of dawn. The striking hues of a beautiful sunrise can do pretty fantastic things to […]

Blame It On The Tetons.

Blame It On The Tetons.

Buford, Wyoming has only one resident, a Vietnamese man who bought the entire town on eBay. Don Sammons, Buford’s previous lone resident who built the town from nothing and wrote a book about his adventure moved away. So it is still population 1. I stopped […]

Backyard Activity

Backyard Activity

I get to see all the backyard goings-on when I am home for the summer. Like hungry bumble bees getting sustenance. Black-eyed Susans looking all badass, ready to intimidate a Daisy. Hibiscus monitoring and managing their sun intake.  The sunflowers building their happy faces. Beautiful butterflies feasting […]

wi. / mn.

wi. / mn.

Lest you think me a sunflower stalker (I am), please know that Babbette’s Seeds of Hope was the first field of sunflowers I knew about, though I suppose I realized they existed, and the very first field of sunflowers I intended to visit… the reason […]