Frog Song

Frog Song

by Amy Martin (c) www.moonlady.com The frogs are singing. A solo love serenade has turned into a duet, the croaking drawing closer, then building in intensity to a watery drunken bliss. In the morning, lines of eggs like miniature black pearls will lace my tiny pond. Rain has come to North Texas again, just as the trees were looking sunburned, …

The Forgiving Summer Rain

The Forgiving Summer Rain

by Amy Martin (c) We just watched our farm blow away. There was nothing else we could do. Five acres of cucumbers withered in the heat, unable to blossom. No blooms, no cukes, no money. It was mid-September and hadn’t rained much since June. In the garden, corn stalks crackled in the sparse wind, their kernels puckered, silks mere strands …

And Then You Remember Why

And Then You Remember Why

by Amy Martin (c) Hardly a day goes by that don’t I wonder why I do this, or that I don’t worry that if another responsibility or expense is laid on me that I’ll just break to pieces. The Moonlady News community and other listservs, management of Earth Rhythms and all its projects, family and friends and on those seldom …

The Party and the Party Crashers

The Party and the Party Crashers

by Amy Martin (c) Come winter, every cold front from the north pushes ahead of it swarms of songbirds – and the birds of prey that feed on them – into the relative warmth of North Texas. By mid-January at Osage Moon, the party is rolling. The broad wooded bottomlands of McClung Creek shimmies with activity. Huge flocks of starlings …

The First Front of Fall

The First Front of Fall

by Amy Martin Hints arose earlier in the day, high wispy clouds, thin in the stratosphere, the sign of cold weather, even though temps were in the 90s. Looking for persimmons late that afternoon a mile north of Osage Moon, a whipping wind smacks me in the face with leaves. This isn’t the slow southern swamp breeze of summer. This …

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