Joan Morris, San Jose Mercury News

Joan Morris

San Jose Mercury News

Walnut Creek, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Joan:

Richmond mom concerned about two cats getting along in the same house

Her son already has a cat and is considering getting roommates who also have a cat. Mom worries that disaster looms, but it’s not that cut and dried. → Read More

Preserving East Oakland’s #BlackLivesMatter protest art

East Oakland's Black Culture Zone is leading the way in collecting and curating the murals that sprang up during the #BLM protests. → Read More

How long will Pine Grove dog mourn the loss of her companion?

Dog was so upset by the death that she ran away; now she hides in the house and mopes. Plus, readers weigh in about fireworks, solutions and the toll it takes on people. → Read More

Five kittens rescued from inside Foster City fire truck

The kittens, apparently stashed there by their absent mom, weren't in the safest place. → Read More

San Jose dog terrorized to death by 4th of July fireworks

The small dog was otherwise healthy, but the stress of the booms and flashes killed her. Friend of Peanut’s guardian asks celebrants to lay off the explosives this year. → Read More

Are Alamo dog and coyote having a playdate through the fence?

The German shepherd dog seems to have struck up a friendship with a young coyote, playing through the fence. → Read More

Gardening Q & A: Damaged tomatoes and stunted irises

Answering questions from gardeners, indoors and out. → Read More

Finding our place on the planet by making connections with animals

Oakland Zoo’s director of animal care says appreciating animals helps us be better people. → Read More

Are the wasps digging in a San Ramon garden cause for fear?

The Great Golden Digger wasp has no interest in bothering humans or protecting a hive. The are considered beneficial to your yard and garden. → Read More

Are hummingbirds winnowing down the mosquito population in Danville?

A hummingbird's diet has a lot of nectar, but about 80 percent is insects. Plus, telling if ducklings are male or female. → Read More

COVID-19: Preparing your pet for life after the shelter-in-place

Our pets are going to miss us when we go back to working outside of the home. Here are some tips to help lessen the pain. → Read More

San Jose Police on scene of a hostage situation

One suspect is in custody while two others are believed still inside the home. → Read More

Two peregrine falcon chicks returned to nest under watchful eyes of parents

The chicks fell from the nest inside a United Airlines hangar at SFO. → Read More

Two peregrine falcon chicks returned to nest under watchful eyes of parents

The chicks fell from the nest inside a United Airlines hangar at SFO. → Read More

Benicia resident wonders where all the birds have gone

Birds have been visiting woman's trio of feeders and bird baths, but lately, they have been no-shows. Plus, how did the frogs get to the second story patio? → Read More

One dead, one arrested in 4-car crash in San Jose

The driver of a BMW has been arrested for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. → Read More

Hit-and-run victim in San Jose identified as transient man

Police say he was crossing outside of a crosswalk when he was struck and killed. → Read More

Man killed in early morning San Jose hit-and-run

The victim was not in a crosswalk when struck, but the unknown vehicle left the scene. → Read More

Coronavirus: California tops 152,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths

While the number of infections grew over the weekend, the death toll rose by 27. → Read More

What happened to all the singing crickets in Lafayette?

After presenting a fine chorus during the first heat wave of the season, the singing hasn't been as robust. Plus, gardener vexed by the annual crop of rocks in his garden beds. → Read More