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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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  • 18

    Unearthly Delight in the Garden

    3 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.

  • 39

    The Weeping Willow

    6 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.

  • 33

    Explore Word Play: Pangrams

    6 months ago

    Word play helps to improve vocabulary and spelling skills. The pangram also helps with creative writing and discipline. Try it!

  • 31

    The Water Lily

    3 months ago

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

  • 30

    Rock Albums: My Top 10

    7 weeks ago

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

  • 20

    Spring Garden Insects: Haiku

    7 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

    5 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

    My Morning Surprise

    5 months ago

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

  • 22

    5 Minutes To Renewed Energy

    6 weeks ago

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

  • 16

    Fall Feeding Frenzy: Haiku

    4 days ago

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

  • 39

    Do Plants Have Feelings?

    3 months 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 months 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

    6 months 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 the Lawn at Night?

    8 weeks ago

    Raccoons are part of our native fauna, but nuisance behavior often makes them undesirable visitors to our home gardens. Here is a simple solution to keep them from ruining lawn areas.

  • 10

    Why Small Businesses Hold an Advantage Over Large Retailers.

    6 months 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

    9 months ago

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

  • 31

    How To Cope With Change

    7 months 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

    Disappearing Act

    6 months 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.

  • 35

    Dusk to Dawn: Haiku

    7 months ago

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

  • 12

    A Guide to Common First Aid Situations

    6 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

    Dressed for Spring: Haiku

    7 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 months 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.

  • 9

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

    8 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

    5 months ago

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

  • 25

    The Delights of Each Season: Haiku

    7 months ago

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

  • 35

    Winter Reflections: Haiku

    7 months 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

    2 weeks ago

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

  • 16

    Simon Tofield: Animator and Creator of Simon's Cat

    6 months ago

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

  • 10

    At Summer's End: Haiku

    4 days ago

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

  • 17

    Vibrant Beauty: Haiku

    7 months ago

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

  • 4

    Desert Spring: Haiku

    6 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

    Impressions from Four Seasons: Haiku

    7 months ago

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

  • 20

    Spring Rain: Haiku

    7 months ago

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

  • 10

    Master of Dark Humor: Charles Addams

    5 months ago

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

  • 14

    Royal Wedding Fashion: Classic Hat Designs Reinvented

    7 months ago

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

  • 10

    Out of the Box: Haiku

    7 months ago

    Finding a cache of my husband's photographs prompted these 4 verses.

  • 10

    Summer Garden Insects: Haiku

    7 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

    3 months 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

    8 weeks 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

    8 months 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

    8 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

    Awakening Spring: Haiku

    3 days 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

    7 weeks ago

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

  • 13

    The 5 Biggest Mistakes of Home Landscaping

    8 months 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

    Beautiful Flowers: Haiku

    5 months ago

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

  • 19

    Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

    6 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

    Nature Haiku: Wind Series

    6 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 months ago

    Help gardens grow vigorously, prevent disease, and deter harmful insects with one application. Whether store- bought or produced at home, worm castings are a gardener's best friend.

  • 17

    Nature Haiku: Rain Series

    8 months ago

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

  • 6

    How We Are Failing Our Kids

    6 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

    8 months ago

    The drawbacks of over-fertlilizing the lawn and garden with tips toward a more natural, organic approach.

  • 4

    The Basics of Laundry Stain Removal

    6 months 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

    4 weeks 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.

  • 7

    How To Transform Your Yard into a Wildlife Habitat

    2 months ago

    Build a beautiful garden around native plants which support wildlife. Reap the benefits of easy care by organic means while enjoying the visits of birds and other creatures.

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