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Pastor's Blog

The Arcadia Trees

July 24, 2018


"For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."  Isaiah 55:12

In the PBS time lapse video, a hair-thin sprout stood and spun slowly in a circle reaching alternatively toward a young wheat plant and a young tomato plant.  The sprout was sniffing fragrances undetectable to us to determine which plant was to serve as its host.  After five or six rotations, the sprout suddenly grasped the tomato plant, coiling itself around the plant stem as it crept up the plant, planning to sink haustoria, life-sucking appendages, into the vascular system of the plant.

The Misunderstanding

July 17, 2018


The first one I blamed was the Spider.

When you wake up just after midnight and your arm is swollen and on fire for no apparent reason, who else are you going to blame?  Of course it would be one of those reclusive, venomous demons with eight eyes and eight legs whose whole life is about snaring unsuspecting prey.

The Pelicans

July 3, 2018


Mid-summer at the Navarino Wildlife Area apparently means it’s time to eat, since as soon as I made my way into the woods it was clear I was on the menu.

I have not been able to go for a walk through Navarino since the end of April, a visit during which I picked up a few ticks.  Knowing the kind of wilderness Navarino is, yesterday, I dressed for the occasion: bug net, long sleeves, long pants tucked into socks.