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Miracle in the Garden This Morning


Lesley's been watching the chrysalis every day. She just came in to tell me it had emerged when I was on an important phone call so I handed Evan my iPhone and he shot the pic. Note the shell of the chrysalis at right; how did the butterfly ever fit in that small enclosure? Stunning, and it's the kind of thing that's going on in the natural world every moment. As Leonard Cohen says, halleluja!

#monarch #butterfly #chrysalis yesterday. Note faint outline of wing.


San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

This is the most informative I've found, a text report by the National Weather Service:

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=MTR&product=AFD&

Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis in Garden


The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast

Anyone who fishes (or clams or collects anything from the California coast) will love this book. In fact, anyone on the west coast of the USA, from Baja California up to BC, will learn how to catch, gather, clean, and cook fish, clams, mussels, eels, crabs, and seaweed from this witty and complete fishing compendium. Kirk Lombard worked for 7 years as an observer for The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission before becoming "The Sea Forager" in the San Francisco Bay Area. He conducts fishing classes, does demonstrations, and sells sustainable seafood. IYou can get info on all his coastal activities and buy the book at: http://www.seaforager.com/

Full disclosure: I've been to one of Kirk's fishing demos, attended a seminar on making pickled herring, and went fishing with him for night smelt (caught 15 lbs. that night, netting them in the surf).) I've gotten a ton of useful info from him, including tonight, when I used his technique for getting the skin off horseneck clam siphons (slit lengthwise, soak in warm water for 10 min.) before making clam fritters (below, left).

He tells you how to catch salmon, halibut, rockfish, striped bass, and 8-10 other kinds of fish, how to gather 15 different types of shellfish, how to pickle seaweed (I've got a jar of pickled kelp in the frig right now, and I put ground-up dried seaweed on omelets, potatoes, anything hot). He's big on the small fish in the area — herring, anchovies, smelt, grunion, and mackerel — because they're low on the food chain, super healthy, and take pressure off the popular fish.

He's got a sense of humor, plays in a band (his oldest kid is named Django), and has fun with his work and teaching.

The book is very nicely illustrated by Leighton Kelly.

Rachel Pozivenec's Masks


Rachel Pozivenec studied mask making in Mongolia and has created a unique mix of human and animal masks - coyote, wolf, turtle , fox, hare - out of clay, acrylic, feathers and hair. www.rachelpozivenec.com/yearbook/

Posture Lessons Learned from Cats

From The Gokhale Method:
http://shltr.net/2fVSVxv

Note: Esther Gokhale has written a great book on posture: http://gokhalemethod.com/8-steps-pain-free-back