Joan Morris, San Jose Mercury News

Joan Morris

San Jose Mercury News

Walnut Creek, CA, United States

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Past articles by Joan:

Why has a San Jose cat abandoned her owner’s lap?

Plus: A Berkeley reader wonders about the tap-tap-tapping coming from her walls. → Read More

Bay Area Outdoors: Exploring the formal gardens of Woodside’s Filoli historic estate

Filoli horticulture director Jim Salyards shares 11 must-sees on the grounds of the historic estate. → Read More

Five more noteworthy Bay Area gardens to explore

From Ruth Bancroft’s mecca of succulents to the Conservatory of Flowers, here are five spectacular gardens to explore. → Read More

Bay Area, Southern California ‘irrupting’ in American robins

A reader wonders why she’s seeing this sudden influx of robins. Do they know something we don’t? → Read More

San Jose dog has intense reaction to having his nails trimmed

And a San Jose reader frets over the creature “zesting” the lemons on her tree. → Read More

Is treatment for 12-year-old Santa Cruz dog a step too far?

Plus a reader writes in with a possible solution for a cat who won’t eat its food. → Read More

What caused a San Jose cat and visiting dog to forget their bathroom training?

Plus, does my goldfish need a buddy? → Read More

What to do about 18-year-old San Jose cat that’s stopped eating

DEAR JOAN: Our 18-year old cat has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and possible lymphoma (she had an ultrasound but no biopsy). She is on a daily dose of Prednisolone along with a transd… → Read More

Why does Livermore cat dip her paw into the water bowl

A Livermore reader wonders why her cat is behaving so oddly. And a Monte Sereno reader asks the all-important question: What are those bugs??? → Read More

Quiz: Twisted titles change a book’s meaning with a single letter

Can you identify these altered book titles by their description? Just for fun, we’ve taken classic books, changed one letter in the title and fiddled with the synopsis. → Read More

What do bats find so appealing in the almond orchards along Interstate 5?

Readers share tales of coyote-deer interactions, squirrel theories and a question about those bat boxes near Highway 5. → Read More

Curbside Little Free Libraries popping up all over the Bay Area

The libraries are open 24-7, and readers are encourage to take what they like and to bring other books to share. What started as one book share box in Hudson, Wisconsin, has now spread to more than 150,000 across the world. → Read More

How do San Jose frogs know when the dry pond is full again?

A San Jose reader wonders what happens to the frogs who frolic in a pond near him when that water source dries up. → Read More

Livermore worms have good reason for coming out in the rain

A Livermore resident wonders why earthworms come crowding to the surface during rainstorms. → Read More

Share the Spirit: ShowerHouse Ministries changing lives one shower at a time

Group offers a hot shower, meal, clothes and necessities, helping unhoused people wash away the grime of the streets and reclaim a measure of comfort and dignity. → Read More

Animal Life: Did the recent cold weather kill a Sunnyvale goldfinch?

Also: What are the best plants for a yard redesign? → Read More

Is chewing on antlers harming a Los Gatos puppy’s teeth?

Is your dog an inhaler of chew toys or a nibbler? → Read More

Hollister stray cat is biting the hand that feeds him

Is this cat angry or has it mistaken friend for foe? → Read More

Why won’t Scotts Valley dog eat or drink when he’s left outside?

Owner of 12-year-old dog worries he gets too hungry and thirsty, but the dog just won’t eat or drink when he’s left alone in the backyard. → Read More

What motivates turkeys to wander the streets of Concord?

Wild turkeys have an interesting history in California, but they’re not native to the Golden State. Plus, keeping algae out of the bird bath. → Read More