The Tree House of the August Moon: Play and Solace in the Carmel Valley

The Tree House of the August Moon: Play and Solace in the Carmel Valley

At home in the Carmel Valley, I enjoy a view of the steep ridge that holds the flood plain that the Carmel River (only truly a fast-flowing river in springtime) has cut into the rock. At points the shale is so friable you can dig into it with your bare fingers. The geologic past is…

Droopy the Crow, the Surprising Bird Brain, and Play

Droopy the Crow, the Surprising Bird Brain, and Play

I gave Droopy his name when he first appeared outside my office window at the National Institute for Play headquarters nearly ten years ago. He’s old for a wild crow. An injured wing made him easy to pick out as a youngster but has not seemed to hinder him since. He’s raised a brood each…