News, Gratitude and Pictures

My sci-fi eBook The Might of Defiance is FREE for the next couple days! If you wanted to be kind and review it, now would be a good time to get your Kindle copy. Remember, you can get a Kindle reader download for whatever device you’re using, if not a Kindle. Second but not second…

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Come On, Spring!

Could there be a brighter harbinger?       A panorama of flowers trying to ward off the mean old cold     The bright early plum She wants to bloom free Says winter’s a bum I agree with the tree               Apples, coaching the laggard trees beyond And the moss the…

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The Little Brown Bat Family

I shall describe this without pictures of the bats, bear with me. For the month of July, I heard almost nothing of my petite friends. I got the occasional peep and rustle from the nest in my big upstairs studio/library. I sleep upstairs at the other end of the house where I used to hear…

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Honeysuckles, A Kid’s Delight

Honeysuckles! Walking around the woods, the honeysuckles are about over now. They have beautiful flowers and strangling vines; woe unto the bush they get near. Another rampant Asian import! Of course this one is pretty, as are many of the others. As choke-worthy as they are, few folks have them in their yards by choice. As I have many…

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A Milkweed Memory

Walking about the woodland Saturday, I some noticed milkweeds along the driveway ditch which brought to mind a story. It’s a story that gives a little idea of what Dad was like. Dad was sitting out with Mom and me in the side yard late one summer. He had a Falls City beer in hand…

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I Met A New Guy!

Walking around the woods, I keep an eye out for the newest wildflower blooms, snakes, and for something unusual. Saturday was a beauteous day, sunny without excess heat and thankfully rainless. The ever-present fleabane is very pretty in the white and pink forms. I love the idea of them being flea banes, but have only…

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Tarzan, I’m Ready!

Apparently my woodland aspires to be a jungle. We do have a wide variety of bird songs and noises, and avian visitors from far down south. If you’ve never heard the raucous call of the Pileated Woodpecker, think ‘The Land That Time Forgot” and add volume! We have the misplaced marsupial Opossum, the Raccoon is…

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A Cabin-ette?

Instead of cleaning up the cabin as I planned to do and really intended to do, I have been writing more Otto and Socks stories. It’s slow going, especially when I deviate from the outline for the series. How can I not let the characters do what they want? I can’t force them, bend them…

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