Savoring the Peak Moments of Our Lives

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I was recently interviewed by Carolyn Baker for her "New Lifeboat Hour" podcast, to which she gave the delicious title above (thank you Carolyn!!) Carolyn is the author of numerous books, including Navigating the Coming Collapse, and Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the … [Read more...]

A “New Tribe Training” Transforms Our Lives

Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan generously hosted us and our mobile studio in their driveway

What would it be like to be part of a group of deep friends who live nearby — people committed to being there for one another come what may, building intimacy and trust over the years? Having a community of friends who live in their own homes but are committed to staying in … [Read more...]

A Frog Blog

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Earth Day at Lone Bobcat Woods was a mixture of joy and grief. We celebrated the beautiful bountiful wildflowers and rich greenery which have sprung up since the late March rains (yes, the poison oak is bountiful, too). Pacific Chorus Frogs in our pond regaled us with … [Read more...]

Visualizations for a Healthy Breast

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I don't normally blog about my health or really personal issues, but I wanted to share these with you. Thermograms of my right breast show a hot vascular pattern. This can be an early sign of trouble. Fortunately nothing is visible on mammograms or ultrasound. In … [Read more...]

Janaia Offers the Last Word in Grief Video

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Guy McPherson, intrepid chronicler of abrupt climate disruption, recently declared he has arrived at stage #7 of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief.* (His self-defined stage #6 is "Gallows Humor," some of which he shared with us in Living Each Moment in the Face of … [Read more...]

Janaia interviewed on Nature Bats Last (audio)

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Last week I was interviewed by Guy McPherson and Mike Sliwa on their Nature Bats Last podcast. It's fun to turn the tables: I've interviewed Guy twice: Climate Change and Human Extinction - A Personal Perspective (2014) and Living Each Moment in the Face of Abrupt Climate … [Read more...]

Readying “Le Cube”

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Here's a small picture essay of our focus the last month or so, as we downsize and move belongings out of our house and garage. We had a pad leveled not far from our "little house" (RV), and brought in a shipping container we've named "Le Cube" since it's a high cube model … [Read more...]

Poo to Peaches – composting toilet book

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I just read Poo to Peaches - A composting toilet book for you while using our Lone Bobcat Woods trench toilet. I'm donating this "first-of-a-kind" book to our Nevada County library. It teaches kids and adults about composting toilets and the nutrient cycle, and was my … [Read more...]

Help me find magical music for my story

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Dear music-loving friend, I want your help. I'm looking for music to use in three short music tracks for "The Little Fir and the Christmas Tree Angel." I'm producing a video of this heartwarming story I illustrated 30+ years ago. I've gotten permission for most of the … [Read more...]

A Resilient Gardener Breeds Plants for These Times

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Freelance plant breeder Carol Deppe sifted handfuls of golden, ruby and coppery corn from the huge pile. "Remember the Scrooge McDuck comics, where he goes into the vault and runs his hands through all the metal coins, gloating about how wealthy he is?" she asked. "I … [Read more...]