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Catherine Tally

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  I take my cues from nature and have faith in her ability to adapt and survive.  We, as stewards of the earth, should respect the purpose of all living things and realize that our actions, even those with the best of intentions, affect the balance of our natural world.

"First, do no harm" - Hippocrates

"There is always music amongst the trees of the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it"

- Minnie Aumonier

 

"In wildness is the preservation of the world."

-Henry DavidThoreau

   

"The greatest beauty is organic wholeness  

The wholeness of life and things, 

The divine beauty of the universe. 

 Love that, not man apart from that."  

  -Robinson Jeffers

 

 

 All writing and images, unless otherwise noted, are original and belong to Catherine Tally, aka Cat on a Soapbox.  They may not be reproduced anywhere without my permission.

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  • 9

    Tanka: An Amusing Coincidence

    8 weeks ago

    I notice a 10-lined June bug during an afternoon of reading. . . in the 5/7/5/7/7 format of Japanese Tanka

  • 22

    Unearthly Delights in the Garden

    2 weeks ago

    Usually seen in botanical gardens because of their rare and spectacular blooms, the puya plants of South American can be cultivated in the drier climates and sandy soils of the Southwestern U.S.

  • 41

    The Weeping Willow

    12 months ago

    Simple facts about the weeping willow tree and a poem entitled "Sensuous Willow" that I was inspired to write after a visit to the arboretum.

  • 35

    The Water Lily

    9 months ago

    My observations and notes on the beautiful and functional water lily.

  • 35

    Rock Albums: My Top 10

    2 months ago

    Narrowing the choices is really difficult. Where does one start?

  • 26

    Haiku: Spring Garden Insects

    2 months ago

    Spending time in the garden with a keen eye to notice the small details prompts me to write whimsical bits about insects.

  • 14

    5 Steps to an Easy Gift Solution

    2 months ago

    On a budget? Need a personal gift with that "wow" factor? Tips on how to compile photos and make custom DVDs for an audio/visual walk down Memory Lane.

  • 36

    Tanka: My Morning Surprise

    8 weeks ago

    Fallen leaves inspire a Japanese Tanka in the 5-7-5-7-7 format.

  • 22

    5 Minutes To Renewed Energy

    7 months ago

    Learn how to relieve tension and renew energy with this 5 minute routine which can be done while sitting at a work station.

  • 16

    Haiku:Backyard Wildlife

    2 months ago

    Fall foraging behavior of backyard wildlife inspires verses from my garden.

  • 39

    Do Plants Have Feelings?

    2 weeks ago

    Plants are equipped to adapt to environmental situations and stressors, just like humans. They also respond to tactile stimulation, but do plants actually have feelings?

  • 14

    Vegetable Ivory: A Humane Alternative to Senseless Elephant Slaughter

    2 weeks ago

    After 75 years of being upstaged by plastics, the tagua nut, known as "vegetable ivory" has resurfaced as one of the most sustainable products in the world. Hopefully, its comeback will put an end to the...

  • 14

    Facts About the Polynesian Box Fruit Tree

    2 weeks ago

    Nature's ingenuity never ceases to amaze me! A seed pod can survive over 10 years, floating hundreds of miles, until taking root on an island's shore.

  • 15

    What is Destroying My Lawn?

    2 months ago

    Raccoons are part of our native fauna, but nuisance behavior often makes them undesirable visitors to our homes and gardens. Here is a simple solution to keep them away.

  • 10

    The Advantages of Small Business

    2 weeks ago

    Explore how customer service is a business owner's "golden goose." See how small business often has an advantage over giant chains in spite of marketing budgets. Learn the keys to building solid business...

  • 28

    How To Balance pH in Your Diet for Optimum Health

    2 weeks ago

    Learn how to eat for strong bones, healthy joints, and overall wellness and vitality.

  • 31

    Adapting to Change: Taking Cues from Nature

    7 weeks ago

    Transitions are an inevitable part of life, and we witness them in our natural world from the changing of the seasons to the slow sculpting of the Earth's landscape.

  • 23

    Tanka: Disappearing Act

    8 weeks ago

    Musings on the celestial changes between night and day in the Japanese Tanka poetic form which follows a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format.

  • 37

    Haiku: From Dusk to Dawn

    2 months ago

    Haiku- inspired verse expressing my thoughts of the hours between dusk and first daylight.

  • 12

    A Guide to Common First Aid Situations

    2 months ago

    An overview of first aid for the average person: How to recognize signs of distress and treat the most common injuries with confidence.

  • 13

    Haiku: Colors of Spring

    2 months ago

    A stunning palette of yellows and greens in my backyard garden inspires these Spring vignettes.

  • 58

    Gardening the Easy Way: Finding the Best Garden Style to Fit your Personal Lifestyle

    8 weeks ago

    A garden is any personal space to relax and commune with nature. There are no rules, only possibilities. Here are some tips and creative ideas.

  • 14

    Burt's Bees: Earth-Friendly Products for the Whole Family

    3 months ago

    A cottage industry finds success by producing natural and sustainable health and beauty products. Proceeds support research of bee colony collapse disorder, and all products are made in the USA.

  • 19

    Interesting Facts About English Tea

    2 months ago

    A look at the custom of taking tea, its history, preparation, and presentation.

  • 27

    Haiku: Seasonal Delights

    2 months ago

    Sensorial memories inspire haiku-like verse from each of the four seasons.

  • 35

    Haiku: Reflections of Winter

    4 weeks ago

    The minimalism of the bare and icy landscape actually intensifies my focus and inspires these Winter haiku.

  • 34

    A Walk in the Woodlands: My Photographic Journal

    6 months ago

    A relaxing post-Thanksgiving walk through the woodlands at the local botanical gardens is filled with charming surprises.

  • 16

    Simon Tofield: The Creative Genius Behind Simon's Cat

    7 days ago

    A brief bio of the British animator with a sixth sense for cat behavior. Meet the mischievious cat fashioned after Tofield's own felines, and watch his antics on short animation clips.

  • 10

    Haiku: At Summer's End

    7 weeks ago

    Three vignettes capture the changes in the garden as late Summer becomes Fall.

  • 17

    Haiku: Vibrant Beauty

    2 weeks ago

    The May garden comes fully alive with both visual and auditory stimulation which I 've expresed in haiku-inspired verse.

  • 4

    Haiku: Desert Spring

    2 months ago

    The desert is a place of extreme contrast, so its rejuvenation in Spring is so stunning that I felt compelled to put these verses to paper with the photographs that brought the inspiration.

  • 18

    Haiku: Four Seasons

    2 months ago

    Photographs from each season of the year create vignettes that stir sensorial memories and profound thoughts.

  • 20

    Haiku: Morning Rain

    4 weeks ago

    Viewing my rain-drenched garden through a camera's lens inspired these haiku-style verses... I hope you enjoy them!

  • 10

    Charles Addams: Humorist of the Macabre

    9 days ago

    An introduction to the hugely talented and successful cartoonist who dared to find humor in the macabre.

  • 14

    Women's Hats Through the Ages

    2 weeks ago

    The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton inspires a look into the fashion of ladies' hats through history.

  • 10

    Haiku: Summer Garden Insects

    2 months ago

    A close-up inspection of my garden and its miniature denizens inspires me to express my observations in simple verse.

  • 14

    How Insects Use Chemicals to Survive

    7 days ago

    It may read like science fiction, but these fascinating examples of insect behavior come from the dedicated study by the late Thomas Eisner, the Father of Chemical Ecology.

  • 10

    Crane Flies: Harmless Bugs with a Bad Rap

    2 months ago

    Yikes!! May always brings these giant " mosquito-like" bugs. Learn all about them, their habits, and control.

  • 20

    Hibiscus: Tropical Gems of the Garden

    2 weeks ago

    An overview of one of the most recognizable and beloved tropical garden flowers,its history,varieties, growth, and care.

  • 20

    Slow Down and Think

    2 months ago

    The death of a dear cat by a speeding car prompted me to write this appeal to drivers. Please be observant and prepared to brake!

  • 21

    Haiku: Awakening Spring

    2 months ago

    A collection of my photographs and thoughts on Spring bring vignettes from my local botanical gardens.

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    Best Plants and Erosion Controls for Slopes and Hillsides

    2 months ago

    A presentation of different solutions to hillside erosion and approaches to landscape in these areas with a focus on plants that sustain wildlife.

  • 15

    The 5 Biggest Mistakes of Home Landscaping

    2 weeks ago

    A How-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions on making wise choices for your landscape design.

  • 16

    Haiku: Beautiful Flowers

    2 months ago

    Lovely and colorful blooms bring poetic imagery of frilly dresses and cotillions

  • 19

    Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

    2 weeks ago

    General facts about the beautiful hummingbird, its habits and preferences with a focus on the species and native flora that attract them in So. California.

  • 13

    Haiku: Wind Series

    2 months ago

    Fall brings the Santa Ana winds that begin as a welcomed warm caress and build in intensity to destructive gales. Haiku verse describes that progression in few words

  • 7

    Worm Castings: A Gardener's Secret to Success

    8 weeks ago

    Tips on how to help gardens grow vigorously, prevent disease, and deter harmful insects. Whether store- bought or produced at home, worm castings are a gardener's best friend.

  • 17

    Haiku: Rain Series

    2 months ago

    A Seasonal rain storm is captured from start to finish in successive verses of haiku.

  • 6

    Are We Preparing Our Kids for the Future?

    2 months ago

    Are we sufficiently preparing the next generation for the future? An examination of the realities our kids face following graduation.

  • 4

    4 Reasons to Not Over-Fertilize Your Lawn

    2 weeks ago

    A discussion of optimum lawn care and practical environmental stewardship.

  • 4

    The Basics of Laundry Stain Removal

    2 weeks ago

    When in doubt, don't put it in the dryer! Extend the life of your wardrobe with these simple stain removal tips.

  • 2

    Wellness at 50 and Beyond

    7 months ago

    A concise overview of steps one can take to preserve overall health and well-being no matter the age or physical limitations. Includes suggestions for natural pain relief.

  • 27

    How To Transform Your Yard into a Wildlife Habitat

    2 months ago

    Build a beautiful garden around native plants which support wildlife. Attract pollinators and reap the benefits of an easy care organic garden while enjoying visits from birds and other creatures.

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