Foxglove Moments

Alan's haunting novel of the AIDS epidemic, As If Death Summoned, was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, and has won the Foreword INDIES LGBT Book of the Year Award. Watch the book trailer here. Read the reviews here.

















Over the past two months I have been clearing the thick dense brush below my pond.

When finished, I laid out a "wisdom walk" on the hillside, suitable for contemplation, and planted ten young rhododendrons to celebrate.

The following morning I was heartsick to find that mountain beavers had munched and destroyed four of the plants before I could build protective cages around them.

With the brush now cleared away, I could see that the little critters had burrows all over the area.




"Pests," pronounced my neighbor at the bottom of the hill when I complained of the destruction. He suggested a way to get rid of them that was repugnant to me.

And there is a moral issue here (There is always a moral issue):

Since I was the one who invaded and disrupted their habitat, they may have their own opinion as to who the pest is.









[First posted: May 8, 2015]

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