Hi there. In 1994 I fell in love with a 10-acre clear-cut on Prince Edward Island. It had been stripped of trees and was waist-deep in debris. Nearly a quarter-century later, trees are grown and so have I. Walden is our space. These are our stories and observations.…

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    Observations at the end of summer ’17

    Summer is over. But it’s still hot. Or, in many places hot for the first time this season. But don’t be fooled: The reason you can’t see the bandaids on the bottom of the…

  • Pie at the cabin

    Reflections on sleep & sleeping with …

    A good friend lost his pillow last week on a business trip. He can’t sleep without it, and now he has to wait four to six weeks for a special-order replacement to arrive from…

  • In the Garden

    Like HD Thoreau, Bill Weale had faith in a seed. As a preacher, faith was kind of Grandpa’s thing. He also believed in being open to messages and signs. So it was strangely comforting…

  • Life is for the birds

    This is for Elizabeth. Let’s talk about chickadees! My heart leapt yesterday at the neighbourhood bus stop. We parents gather there every morning with a gaggle of bundled-up elementary school kids, waiting for the…

  • Gravity Falls

    In case you’re still dropping by, there’s stuff going on. I’m just lacking focus. I know it’s time to start writing again when the 2AM nightmares come back. So here’s what’s going on: –…