Foxglove Moments

Alan's haunting novel of the AIDS epidemic, As If Death Summoned, was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, and is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. 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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