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Iowa’s Oceanfront Property

Oceanfront property in Iowa! Well not really, but the state constantly interacts with our planet’s vast oceans. Over six inches of rain fell on Winding Pathways in September 2018. Way above average. Not long ago those zillions of raindrops were swirling around in the...

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Labyrinths: Walking Meditations

Worship outside of a church comes in many forms.  For the service, several members shared their ways of being mindful and growing spiritually. These included listening to music, engaging in specific meditation times, and singing. My contribution was this short talk on...

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Getting Rid of Yellow Jackets

We were recently concerned to find a Yellow Jacket nest close to our front door.   Normally we appreciate their ambitious work catching insect prey. If they had made their nest in an out of the way place, we would have left them alone. But, their nest location invited...

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Equinox

It’s turning time for wildlife, chickens, and people As the Northern Hemisphere of the earth continues its ageless slow wobble away from the sun, days gradually shorten until a wondrous event happens. The Autumnal Equinox happens around September 21st each year. It’s...

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Alaska Winter Adventures

Why I Wanted to Visit Alaska In the Winter Guest Blogger, Jane Suiter Potos by Jane Suiter I have the privilege of having two friends who call Alaska home.  My first visit was in the summer of 1998 when I turned 50.  Because I had always wanted to visit Alaska, I went...

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Swallowtail Soiree

Guest Blogger, Sheryl Ochs On a jaunt to the garden to retrieve some herbs for my freshly cooked carrots, I paused in surprise to see 12 small black caterpillars, each with a tiny white stripe in the middle, chomping away on my only parsley plant. I knew that parsley...

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Alaska Cultural Adventures

Colors, Costumes, Customs, and Carvings all coalesced at the Anchorage Museum on a cold winter’s day.  On my first visit to this amazing city tucked into the head of the Cook Inlet, we took a break from all things outdoors in the winter, to tour this vast museum. ...

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Labyrinth Renewal

As we prepare for The Gathering at Loyola Field Campus in Illinois in October, I'm remembering the lovely Veriditas Labyrinth Renewal Day this spring at Stony Point Retreat Center in New York.   https://youtu.be/BbYqB1hjAiY

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Lyme Disease – A Personal Story

Lyme Disease Has Spread According to National Public Radio physicians in all 50 states have reported treating cases of Lyme Disease. It is named for the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where it was first identified in the 1970s. At first, the disease was confined mostly to...

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EGO Cordless Lawn Mower

Tested by Winding Pathways LLC An independent review of the EGO Cordless Lawn Mower A WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE Winding Pathways recently received a loan of an EGO Cordless Lawn Mower. For several weeks both Rich and Marion used it in the various ways we’ve used our gas...

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Update on a Young Redtail Hawk

On May 31st just before we were leaving for an Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference, a friend messaged pictures to me of a large bird in her little dog wading pool.  It looked like a hawk of some sort. The day was super hot for late May and the bird...

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Mugging Barberry One pleasant Saturday morning a couple dozen heavily armed people walked to the interior of Faulkes Heritage Woods. Their weapons were those used to help heal the forest and included thick leather gloves, lopping shears, hand saws, and clippers. They...

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Links to Stories of Wondrous Yards

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids has had several interesting nature stories connected to creating wondrous yards.  Living Section features "Birds do it, Bees do it", "Add a Little Luck to Your Landscape" and Purslane (by Winding Pathways).  We loved reading about the birds...

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Channeling Wisconsin’s Wildlife

Susan Hrobar  guest blogger Fun Through the Window We are fortunate to live at the end of a channel on a small lake.  Our north facing windows face our backyard and the channel.  One of our friends, who knows very little about nature, does not understand that after...

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