Nature is simple and complicated, orderly and messy, quiet and busy. Whether hiking a New England trail or roaming the Florida coastline, I learn from nature about the power of peace and inner calm.

Meet today’s teacher.

Hermit crabs are more closely related to squat lobsters and porcelain crabs than they are to true crabs.

This agile little guy caught my eye on the side of the road. Utterly crabtivating.


The tip of the hermit crab’s abdomen is adapted to clasp strongly onto the snail shell.


The hermit crab’s back half is vulnerable to predators. But it’s clever enough to use a tough ready-made shell to protect its softer parts.

This critter found an unoccupied sea snail shell and reversed into it. I think there might be a lesson here.  Don’t get stuck in old habits. Find a new place, make a new home, move on.

As a hermit crab grows, he is forced to relocate to a larger empty shell. The crab is particularly vulnerable during that transition between shells.  I notice that as I grow age, I, too, change “shells” and surroundings.  Reminds me of one of my favorite books by Eric Carle.


Isn’t it wondrous to see the “impossible” take place?



It is good for the soul to be thus lifted out of and away from all the mean and petty detail of life, to escape from the wearing friction of the selfish every-day life, and to be alone with the noblest natural features—the wide sky, the broad and health-giving ocean, the immovable rock, so firmly rooted that through countless generations the Atlantic surges have vainly thundered against it.  -Richard Lovett

The newest addition to my kitchen is neither noble nor natural. But it is simple and quiet, and, like Nature, definitely good for the soul.


The French press makes a palmary pot of coffee.  Plus there’s something arrestingly meditative about the slow-brew process.  An aside about taste: it’s a very personal thing, so if you absolutely love those iconic pods, please don’t let me dissuade you but…..okay, please let me dissuade you.  There is better coffee out there.

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.  -Anais Nin

Consider the power of peace and inner calm. Find your joy.

Toni 1/16/18























Celebrate Earth Day every day by crossing a bridge (explore, notice, donate)you’ve never crossed before AND ADOPT A PIECE OF THE PLANET. NASA WILL TELL YOU HOW. (a 420 character 9-liner)


I’m crossing the bridge from a shallower

to a deeper depth of Earth knowledge

by buying 55 acres of our Great Blue Marble from NASA

& then I’m going to become keenly aware of everything about it:

local air quality, vegetation & other relevant environmental information.

(Similar to my studies of 1″ squares in my backyard,

but, like I said deeper.)

This is a counter spell to offset the effect of our PFN*.

I’m crossing.




NASA, Amazon to Live-Stream First 4K Ultra HD Video From Space

While Trump takes steps backwards, I ponder taking more positive steps like the Tsimane. A 420 character 9-liner.

Take steps (17,000) & fruits, veggies, nuts =

the healthiest heart in the world.

Live like the small, active community of Amazon Tsimane on the Maniqui

& acquire a pristine, unclogged, positive-outlook

& arteries.

More positive than the PFN’s steps to abolish EPA, roll back Dodd-Frank.

But how about that failed resolution of inquiry* ?

It forced Republicans to reject calls for greater conflict oversight.

Take steps.


NOTES FROM PATTY: PFN = President for Now. And on that resolution: House Republicans derailed a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of the PFN’s potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest. Republicans wanted to avoid a full House vote that would have been embarrassing and divisive for the right.





While Trump takes steps backwards, I ponder taking more positive steps like the Tsimane. A 420 character 9-liner.