Straight Paths

When I was a young girl, one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to explore the ravine behind my best friend’s house. She had a huge backyard filled with what seemed like an endless forest of trees.  We spent a lot of time building forts, eating sticky peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and navigating the trails that wound through the woods.

The main avenue into her woods was a wide and easy to follow trail that had been landscaped into the property. It was a large U shaped path that started on one side of the backyard and if you followed it completely around, would bring you right back to the grassy lawn behind the house. Continue reading

Lessons from an albino squirrel


Out of the corner of my eye I see a flash of white.  There it is!  The elusive neighborhood albino squirrel had just darted up a tree outside my window.  Since the winter snow had fallen and blanketed our backyard, I hadn’t seen our little friend as much.  I had missed his fluffy white tail and little pink nose.  He finally blended in with the world around him.

This was not the case last June when I first noticed him scampering across our weathered wooden fence.  I had to look twice to figure out what the little fur-ball was.  With a backyard full of oak trees, there is always an abundance of squirrels, but I had never seen an albino one before.   Continue reading