Made in China

Recently, I challenged myself to a gargantuan task: boycott all goods made in China. Let me assure you that this decision does not have its roots in racial bias or discrimination. I’m simply tired of buying poorly-made items that fall apart in two weeks (see “Cheap Things”), and using my purchasing power to help support unethical practices such as the...

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Saying good-bye

How do we know when it’s time to say good-bye? Sometimes it’s a choice based on someone or something moving on, either physically or emotionally. Other times, it’s shoved right in our face, without our being given any choice, as in the case of death. In the past two days, I’ve had to say good-bye for both reasons, or so...

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Good grief!

Will someone please explain the true meaning behind the phrase “good grief”? And please, don’t emphasize the fact that Charlie Brown mutters it on a regular basis as justification for its meaning. If ever an oxymoron existed, it would be in the use of these two words together. This is especially true if used to describe today’s happenings in Hummingbird-ville....

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Time marches on, but where does it go?

The hummingbabies turned two weeks old yesterday. In hummingbird time they’ve already lived approximately 1.2 percent of their lives, as the average lifespan of these tiny, winged acrobats is a mere three years. But do they themselves think it’s “mere”?  Or is it just long enough to do what they need to do… possibly several times over? For instance, once...

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The California raisins are here

As you have just witnessed with your very own eyes…the hummingbabies are here!!! The plump and juicy California raisins arrived some time in the middle of the night and they are unbelievably adorable and frighteningly small. I was afraid to sneeze while taking these photos in the event that the babies might get whisked away by the current and settle...

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Cheap things

#!@# #!@@#!   I am absolutely sick and tired of CHEAP things! The saga of how I came to hate cheap things began innocently enough, just three short months ago, with a purchase of a brand-new, space-saver microwave. Little did I know that while saving me on space, this alien creature in my kitchen would cost me much more…my sanity. From...

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Every little moment

With all the excitement of the hummingbird discovery yesterday, I quickly shoved aside my original idea to relay my experience of a half-hour spent with a busy bee. So here I am, revisiting a topic that might not be as interesting as the soon-to-be arrival of two miniature birds, but still a topic worth sharing because of its philosophical underpinnings. ...

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Eggs anyone?

Never in the history of veganism, has a vegan been so excited about eggs! This, I promise you. As you can see from the series of photos taken today, I had the extreme pleasure to make the acquaintance of one of nature’s foremost architects, the tiny, the talented, the spectacular…hummingbird. Or to be more specific, Anna’s hummingbird, which is one...

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Snails in love and snails I love

I am absolutely fascinated by any creature that carries its home on its back. Snails, tortoises, turtles, crabs; I love them all. I’ve felt this way for as long as I can remember, but to be honest, I’ve never had the motivation to understand this strange personality quirk.  That is, until now.   So, at exactly 11:16 pm PST, as most of the country is sleeping soundly,...

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Dog knows best

My dog jumped over a chain link enclosure today. It was only a few inches off the ground, but still, she leapt. This is significant because at fifteen she is essentially in the body of a 100-year old woman…without the blue hair. Yet everyday this old dog teaches her owner new tricks. Just a few months ago, as my faithful companion led us...

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