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Some treasured finds...trilobite fossils which were discovered while wandering around in Union County.
At least I don’t need insulated chest waders, boats, diving apparatuses or remote-operated cameras to enjoy one of my favorite pastimes. Last weekend, I was doing a little bit of catching up by reading copies of USA TODAY which had shown up in our mailbox just across the street. The mailbox, by the...
Magical Mystery Tour? Nah. With apologies to Messieurs Lennon and McCartney, I do not think there is mention of a southbound freight train in “Magical Mystery Tour.” I’m guessing there has to be a country music song with lyrics about such a train... By the way...the photograph is explained in the column...
Do you believe in guardian angels? We’ll get back to that question in just a bit. But first, a few words about one of the photographs which accompanies this week’s column. During the afternoon of the 11th day of the first month of the now not so new year of 2023, yours truly went for a ride out to...
Didn’t expect to see Big Foot while out for a walk on a cold Sunday afternoon in January... Mr. Foot did not do a very good job of hiding, either...
Last Sunday afternoon was all about habits...or maybe routines...some still kept...some, well, not so much...and a little bit of BIG FOOT, too... Hang on to your seats...this will be almost as exciting as that Detroit/Green Bay NFL game Sunday night. Almost. Sunday afternoon, instead of taking a...
Two white-tailed deer might have been getting ready for a big New Year’s Eve celebration when they were spotted last Saturday afternoon.
So...is a tradition still a tradition if the tradition happens a week late? On the final day of 2022, yours truly took a walk in a creek bed...and cooked something on the grill. Under “normal” circumstances, such activities would have been part of your writer’s day on Christmas Eve. As you may...
Four calling birds...actual cost $600...although we do not think anybody would pay that much for starlings...
The inspiration for this week showed up on the dining room table Monday evening, which, truth be told, was a little bit late. Oh, well.  While making my way through a stack of have-not-been-read-yet copies of USA TODAY, a headline in the December 2-4 edition of “The Nation’s News” caught my...
Looking for whipped cream? This raccoon was spotted one afternoon last week...way, way up high in the mostly bare branches of a tree along a rural road in Union County.
Thank goodness for whipped cream...the condiment that can even make Monday a little bit better... ...well, I think it was Monday... November 21 was the Monday before November 24. November 24 was Thanksgiving Day, which happened to fall, once again, on a Thursday. And that’s the catalyst for this...
Trick or treat? Snow and cold temperatures were turning old Jack into a grump last Saturday morning...the photographer can attest to that...
I’m pretty sure Mr. Jack O’Lantern was cackling in the cold last Saturday morning... ...you may (or may not) recall that in last week’s column, The Other Half had alerted yours truly to the possibility of some icy precipitation, as in snow, which was appearing in a long-range forecast she had seen...
The inspiration for this week’s column came from an email featuring this image. Gotta love those emails...
The brain waves seemed to have pretty much stopped functioning smoothly Monday night when this little gem was crafted. The good thing is that I at least have a head start on next year’s Halloween costume, should such a thing actually be needed. Speaking of Halloween, The Other Half and yours truly...
A Looking for Lincoln historical marker can be seen on the Jonesboro Square. The marker is not far (within walking distance) of the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds. An historic debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place at what is now the home of the picnic grounds.
Before we get to the “good stuff,” I just wanted to share a little something about my peekaboo encounter Monday evening with a rather friendly, and playful, squirrel... Monday evening, after getting home from another day at The Paragraph Factory, I went for my daily walkabout. As I walked past the...
Lots of folks were taking the opportunity to visit Tower Rock in the Mississippi River last Saturday afternoon.
Last Saturday afternoon was a nice time to go for a walk on the beach... ...so that’s what we did. Not all that long ago, we would have considered such an adventure to be one of our Pandemic Dates. Now, the pandemic may be over for a lot of folks. We’re not quite sure about that, for very personal...

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