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In Search of Bioluminescence

Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by A Linnea

In early August our dear grandchildren came to camp with us on the shore of Puget Sound. We had a wonderful time hiking, kayaking, and exploring. One of the magical things we experienced was bioluminescence. By definition, bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. Some folks get to see fireflies More

Rocks of Ages

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by Christina Baldwin

I’m walking in a narrow riverbed, wearing special river boots and feeling my way carefully over rocks hidden under murky water. I am carrying a hiking stick, probing for balance. Above me, cliffs soar 1500 feet revealing a slit of morning sky. I place my hand along the sandstone walls of the slot canyon, touching More


Posted on Sunday, July 29th, 2018 by A Linnea

No, this is not a derogatory term. It is actually a scientific category in Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar and Mackinnon. And last week while hiking in a local forest a particular species of oddball was popping up everywhere.                     “Oddballs” according to this More

My Namesake

Posted on Sunday, June 24th, 2018 by A Linnea

This week on a summer solstice, forest walk in our local state park I was greeted with an enormous surprise. The flower I was named after was in bloom everywhere—from small patches to entire ridges.                   Never in 40 years of living in its range have I More

Managing my outraged heart in a time of horrors

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by Christina Baldwin

In the back of my journal are pages devoted to news clippings, magazine articles and photos: the Parkland students, injured Syrian children, Rohingya families fleeing into the poorest country on earth for shelter, addicts shooting up on city streets on their way to work, ICE patrols breaking up families of farm workers, earthquakes and storm More

The Trail Steward

Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by A Linnea

The Trail Steward Sitting on a bench in my beloved South Whidbey State Park, I was happy to be hiking again. Just 3 weeks after a partial knee replacement I was not moving fast, but I was relishing the return to my weekly medicine walks. Several old growth red cedar trees towered above me. Fern More

Grandmother in the 21st Century

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 by Christina Baldwin

Something happened to my heart when Jaden was born. A chamber opened that I didn’t know was there: the grandmother room. He, and now Sasha, reside in this special place. I am honored to be their “Nina” and delighted to be partnering with their “Maga,” to be the nature grannies.   We bring them Island More

A Tribute to My Daughter

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by A Linnea

I have just returned from a 10-day family trip to South Korea. Seven of us, age seven to 71, made the pilgrimage back to the land of our daughter and son’s birth. Everything about the trip was extraordinary, beginning with Sally’s invitation to have us join her. Sally left South Korea in 1984 at age More

Collective Urgency

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018 by Christina Baldwin

We name things that draw together. We marvel at the capacity of things to move in coordination—and watch in awe at the sudden emergence of collective movement. Consider a murmuration of starlings undulating in flight across the sky. These astonishing aerial ballets of up to several million birds, appear at dusk after a day of More

Teachers Do NOT Carry Guns

Posted on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 by A Linnea

I have been a teacher all of my life. My partner and three sisters are teachers. Many, many of my friends are teachers. Teachers do NOT Carry Guns. It is the antithesis of what we are called to do with our lives. We find joy in connecting with our students to help them learn things. More