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Snowbound But Melting.


We have thirty inches of snow on the ground – more at higher elevations – and moving around is still slow and difficult, but the thaw has begun.  For weeks I’ve seen almost no animal tracks anywhere but right along the bed of the creek, where the snow is less deep.  But even after a […]

Spring Comes to Wildcat Mountain.


Work has started at the nursery, and between manual labor there and manual labor at the cabin I’ve had a very full and generally lovely past week.  Down in the Hudson Valley and in New York it has gotten quite warm, while here spring is just finally arriving.  The snow almost all melted today: the […]

A Winter Day.


The day started sunny and cold and bright, good woodcutting weather, and I ended up bringing in something like nine bags of wood today.  This is a good day’s work.  I split some black cherry, which is so beautiful that I often feel a little bad about burning it.  It supposedly takes the knife and […]

First Bear Visit.


April and May are tricky times for composting in this area, because the bears are rummaging around and are extremely hungry.  Wise folk are putting away their bird feeders, which turn into bear feeders around now.  When I read about bears hanging out outside people’s homes all day, until the police come and shoot them […]



One of the essays I wrote for the Staten Island book not included in the printed edition.  And appropriate for the month of April – when we have gorgeous days like today, it is enough for me. The edition of the Staten Island book is very nearly sold out.  Now is the time to order […]

Back in the mountains.


I returned up here a week ago.  It’s been a very busy week, working at the nursery and dealing with the practical problems of wilderness life: getting water from the spring, prepping tools, tending the fire.  Relatively simple tasks like cleaning or cooking are far more labor-intensive when you are getting all your water from […]

Update from the Woods.


Summer is just about here; the entire forest is dark brown and green, fertility promised and fertility delivered.  The green awakens some kind of unknowable desire – I can walk through the woods and stop and stare at the leaves glowing green, utterly confounded as to what I am. Lots of writing and lots of […]



From the Phoenicia Times: A Sullivan County man shot and killed a large adult black bear that was menacing his daughter at her home Sunday, the state DEC has reported. The woman was inside with her four children when the bear attempted to break into a bedroom window of the home and swatted at their […]



While it’s certainly likely that we’ll have a bit more snow – and I see 20 degree temperatures in the forecast – the snow is now almost all gone.  Yesterday it rained all day, and I watched it eagerly, thinking – “It’s rain!  Water!  From the sky!  Not snow!  What a miracle!”  I would look […]

More Superlative Weather.


We are having weather which is more usual to April, in March; it has been so warm and pleasant, it feels like a great gift.  Everyone is in a good mood.  On my way down here my neighbors were sitting on deck chairs on their lawn – and raised their hands to me in complacent […]