BREAKING NEWS: SLUG MASSACRE. 56 slugs met their untimely deaths today when a Seattle-area gardener (moi) went out to water her Secret Garden and found the afore-mentioned victims wandering over the dew-covered grass in a pansy-drunk stupor. Without mercy, and showing no signs of remorse at what she was about to do, the Seattle-area gardener (moi) filled her watering can with the hapless creatures and paid a visit to the local ducks, who filled their little duck bellies with the shell-less escargot in an orgy of consumption. And so begins another day in western Washington.

-Karen Molenaar Terrell

Trumpeter Swans Bring Magic to Winter

Just as the world up here in the Pacific Northwest starts getting really cold and dark and kind of dreary, in fly the trumpeter swans – joyously (and loudly!) honking their arrival, filling our gray skies and muddy corn fields with graceful necks and white-winged beauty, and bringing magic to our Winter.

“The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here.” – Robert Green Ingersoll