Stop and pick the mushrooms

I’m a slow runner, but slow has its advantages. I listen to audiobooks while I run, and being slow buys me more listening time. I never have race anxiety because I know I’ll be bringing up the rear. And I have time to look around for mushrooms. I’ve logged many miles on the trails of […]


A couple weeks back, Hurricane Earl gave us a scare. It threatened our coastline, so we battened our hatches. The storm ended up weakening and veering out to sea, so all it did was down branches, rattle windows, and disorient the poultry. But Earl worked wonders for the shiitake mushrooms. Our logs had been more […]

The chain of gain is mostly from the rain

When we lived in New York, drought was an abstract concept. I understood that, for people across large swaths of the world, it meant a serious threat to lives and livelihoods, but for us it meant that the weather was nice and that we didn’t flush the toilet. Now, though, I’m getting just the faintest […]

Use the force

We’ve had dribs and drabs of shiitake mushrooms over the last six months. We got a few last fall, which was unexpected, since we only inoculated the logs last spring. We got another one or two mushrooms over the winter, and a couple small flushes this spring. I was pretty happy with the way things […]

Shroom bloom

We were headed up our driveway this morning when Kevin stopped the car. He started backing up, and I thought he’d forgotten something. But then he stopped again, and pointed out my window. I looked, and saw our azalea, densely packed with pinky-purple blossoms. Just yesterday it was green. All over town, colors are popping. […]