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A pair of killdeer (or maybe a pair of killdeers) were seen walking along, and on, the railroad tracks in metropolitan Cobden on a cold January afternoon.
This week, let’s start with a grammar question: If the plural of deer is deer, is the plural of killdeer killdeer? Common sense, which seems to be a rare commodity these days, might suggest that more than one killdeer would be killdeer. That is said based on the notion that more than one white-...
Frozen in time? This turtle was seen in the water at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro on the final day of 2020.
A few weeks ago, way back in the final days of 2020, I shared a photograph of a turtle in this space. At the time, I figured the image would be that last one of a turtle that you folks would get to see for 2020.  The photograph was taken at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in...
This may be how some of us feel about the way the year 2020 has unfolded...
OK folks...is anybody, as in anybody, out there disappointed to see the squirrely year 2020 coming to an end?  I’m guessing that if you are one of those folks, you just might see the glass as more than half full...and overflowing... Meanwhile... ...so many things to ponder...and so little space...
June 2
Can you believe it? When it comes to the year 2020, we’re down to this week...and next week. I’m guessing that it’s pretty safe to say that not many people will be disappointed to say farewell to this year... In keeping with a tradition which began several years ago, this week we’re sharing some of...
A while back, I hinted that you might have seen the last photograph of a turtle for 2020. Forgive me. Can’t help myself. Especially if I see one of the cold-blooded critters on the 10th day of December. Just did not seem right. Then again, not much of anything about 2020 has seemed right. Right?
PART 1 At the time this was started, my laptop informed me that it was 3:19 PM...then 3:20 PM...time flies, I suppose... Whatever the time happened to be, I happened to be sitting outside...on the stoop of the porch which wraps around the front of our house... ...oops...excuse me just a moment......
On the mooove...a cow and some Canada geese walked into a field...no joke...they really did...we saw them last Sunday afternoon...
Sometimes, the best laid plans...well, you know the story...and, after all, it is 2020... The Other Half and yours truly went on another Pandemic Date last Sunday afternoon. We hadn’t been able to do that for a couple of weeks. But the sun was shining, we’d both had a nap...the timing seemed good....
This is the “majestic” tree mentioned in the accompanying word salad. If memory serves me correctly, and there is no guarantee of that, it’s an oak tree...
Before we get started, just wanted to mention that we heard over the weekend that a cat will be coming to the White House in 2021... My first thought: oh, great, now cats everywhere will be even more insufferable than they already are... Also learned over the weekend that President Abraham Lincoln...
No...this is not Bob... Bob is one of our cats. This is not a cat. It’s a possum...and it was right there...on our front porch.
“...writing for a living can feel like a cold, dreary, morale-sucking march to the unemployment office.” Those are actual words from actual article about writing, and journalism, which appeared on the website for the magazine Vanity Fair. For whatever it’s worth, even after many years of trying to...
A tiny fossil coral (too bad it wasn't a clam) fell off a slab of rock which yours truly received in a box of rocks last week. The quarter did not come in the box of rocks.
Let’s start this week with a really important question in the form of the following headline: Should you upgrade to PlayStation 5? This really important question was asked in a daily news publication which arrives in our mailbox on a fairly regular basis. Can’t be sure that we’ll get today’s...
At water’s edge...sort of...some water near Kaolin Road, between Anna and Cobden, made for a somewhat dramatic photo...with a little bit of help from the camera angle.
Nope. Was not ready for it to be dark at 5 o’clock last Sunday evening. Then again, there really wasn’t much to do about it.  Daylight saving time came to an end during the wee hours of Sunday morning. Guess that kind of brought an “unofficial” end to summer, which had officially ended back in...

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