This Week’s Passion is Leanne’s blog—commentary on current issues and happenings.

Who’s Living in the Plains?

My friend and colleague Rashida and I are heading into Carrizo Plain National Monument in southern California for a field class on the largest remaining segment of valley grasslands in the US. We drive alongside a riverbed where water once filled the ten-foot wide channel. Now dust-covered shrubs and trees fill the canal. As dusk […]

“Lucy in the Sky with Islands”

The Sky Islands are the mountains of the Santa Rita range, including Madera Canyon. This relatively small region in the Coronado National Forest boasts more than 240 species of birds, a wide range of succulents, including cactus, yucca and agave, and an intermix of conifers, oaks, madrones and other plants that host fascinating insects and spiders.

Mt. Diablo’s Moonscape

Find out why Mt. Diablo is growing a whole lot of wildflowers this year.

Ladybug Love Fest

Swarms of ladybugs turn some trails of Redwood Regional Park bright red.

Coming and Going

Coming and Going A riot of chickadees flock and flit about my garden, flying under the old oak offering acorns one by one. From the orange and the olive to the Mexican sage they hang upside down like tiny circus performers probing purple blooms for the sweet summer nectar the hummers missed. Constant conversation continues […]

Defacing Adult Education: California Schools Threatened with Extinction

Adult education is a vital public service, but it’s on the chopping block in California.

Bird blog

So I enter Progressive Grounds café in the San Francisco Mission district for a reading from “Love, InshAllah, the Secret Love Lives of  American Muslim Women,” when a bird walks in. Not just any old bird, but a blue and gold macaw. It sits down, well, perches, on the top of a chair. His owner […]

A Simple Lesson

A blog on a street encounter.

Rebuild the Dream

A book review of Van Jones’s latest release, Rebuild the Dream.

Occupy our Food Supply

Occupy our Food Supply blog in solidarity with RAN’s day of action.