Dear Customer Service,

I expect that by now you have entered my comments into your databank and shared them in the weekly meeting of your marketing division.

Did I hear some well-deserved guffaws?

No matter. Here’s a link to the saga so far….only you, C&E, can finish the story.  But I get to write the epilogue.


Still awaiting your reply,



While splitting butternut, buttercup and acorn squashes for roasting, I realized that I could have my unsafe-for-small-hands soap and wash with it, too.


 Lather is the best medicine.

Toni 10/21/12

Migrants from the Boreal Forests: Birds and Blueberries. A Non-Political 9-Liner in 420 Characters Which I Write as I Eat My Breakfast; But What’s This!! Tar Sands? Shell? (To Be Dealt With in a Later 420…)

The Dark-eyed Juncos are back from the Boreal Forests,

sure proof that Winter’s coming, inhaling, sucking in its gut, frosting my yard;

but I’m not blue,

at least not as blue as the Wild Boreal Blueberries I’ve discovered at Trader Joe’s.

I pour them in my cereal bowl and the milk perks up

and the shredded oats and bananas cheer at the sweetness.

So fly in you Juncoes.

I’m not dark-mooded, or dark-eyed,

or even blue!

PATTY 10/21/12

Trader Joe’s Frozen Wild Boreal Blueberries

(From the package, “These blueberries are grown naturally with no pesticides in the Boreal region of Quebec, Canada. The Boreal region is a collection of protected lands that spread across Canada, united by an effort to preserve the beauty and ecological importance of the land. The fruit grown in the Quebec Boreal thrives on the healthy soil conditions and unique climate of the region, and the sweet-tart flavor of these wild blueberries is unmatched.”

Map of the Boreal Forest

(“Like the Amazon, the boreal forest is of critical importance to all living things. Its trees and peatlands comprise one of the world’s largest “carbon reservoirs”; carbon stored in this way is carbon not released into the atmosphere, where it would trap heat and accelerate global warming. Its wetlands filter millions of gallons of water each day. And as a vast and intact forest ecosystem, it still supports a natural food web, complete with large carnivores like bears, wolves and lynx along with thousands of other species of plants, mammals, birds and insects. The boreal forest is also home to hundreds of First Nations communities, many of which rely on fishing, hunting and trapping for their livelihoods.” http://www.nrdc.org/land/forests/boreal/intro.asp)