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A cicada...and a cicada shell...just kind of creepy looking...
Went home early last Thursday after another grueling morning of toil at The Paragraph Factory which involved various combinations of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Walked in the door and proudly proclaimed to The Other Half: “I’m normal.” The initial response may have been a barely perceptible...
While on a walk one evening during the past week, I spotted a pair of rare root snakes. Root snakes are bashful creatures – they often hide their heads and tails in the dirt.
Thought you folks might want an update on how Bob has been helping out yours truly during some of my work at home adventures... Bob, as you may recall, is one of our two cats. Bob, in a word, or two, has a lot of personality. Our understanding is that he is a barn cat who was born in Alto Pass. Bob...
Cute little ones? Of course they are...spotted these young turtles basking on a tree limb in water at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds.
Lions...and tigers...and bears... Didn’t see any of those critters during the past week. Did see some young turtles...and a young snake...and some “Jesus bugs” of undetermined age. To tell you the truth, I had not heard of “Jesus bugs” until last Saturday evening. That was when The Other Half and...
Moose, a dog (the one on the left), is now Dr. Moose, and still a dog. Moose is a therapy dog at Virginia Tech. In the picture, Dr. Moose is with the HokieBird. HokieBird is Virginia Tech’s official mascot. Guess that makes HokieBird an okee, dokee bird. By the way, did you know (I didn’t, until Friday, that there’s a bluegrass/American roots children’s music duo from Minneapolis called the Okee Dokee Brothers? In 2012, the duo released a CD/DVD called “Can You Canoe?” The CD/DVD was created during a paddle
It would be kind of tough these days to not have any friends. That’s why I visited with Bearnard one day last week. We’ll get back to Bearnard in just a bit...if you’ll bear with me, I wanted to share a “feel good” story I ran across one day recently on the internet. Once, since it was on the...
If you can’t get outside these days, use your imagination a little bit and pretend you are under a canopy of leaves on a tree growing along the Quetil Trail in Alto Pass.
Thank goodness for the little things...and some of the big things, too... These days, it sure seems like the little things mean a lot. For example, last Friday morning, yours truly made a quick visit to one of our local retailers. Had to pick up a few essentials...as in Goldfish crackers. As I...
The “super” “Full Flower Moon,” as it appeared in the night sky over Union County on Wednesday, May 6. The space.com website shared that “NASA says this will be the last supermoon of 2020 after a string of larger-than-usual moons early in the year, in February, March and April.” Guess that means the rest of the full moons for 2020 will just be dull and boring.
WARNING: This week’s column is unusually long, which might suggest that it is unusually good...or maybe just more unusual than usual...so...off we go...  ...two bees...or not two bees... ...that is not a question...just an observation. We saw two bees buzzing around on clover in our front yard last...
A bird...a swallow, we believe, in its nest...
Dear readers: Hi. How are you doing? Well, I hope. This week, we are going to have “the talk.” Yup. The birds. And the bees. Well, a “B.” And a bug, too. First, I wanted to mention my crazy fantasy to do just like Forrest Gump did in the movie of the same name, at least in the sense of going for a...
Looked up...and look at what was looking down...while out wandering around one evening last week, I could hear a couple of owls calling back and forth. Managed to get a photograph of one of ‘em.
This week, a bird, bird, bird is the word...because, well, everybody knows that the bird is the word... ...sorry...just thought you might like to see some photographs of birds I’ve seen while out wandering around during the past couple of weeks... Meanwhile...  ...as if there wasn’t already enough...
We’ll just call the images on this page kind of a collage featuring some of the latest photographs of foxes which were taken while the guy with a camera was out wandering around. At least you don’t have to look at a photograph of a snake again.
Just a bit of a note to start this week...to the driver of the pickup truck who passed a school bus which had stopped to deliver meals...that’s all... My buddy Bob continues to very helpful while I am doing some of the work at home stuff. Bob, as you may recall, is one of our cats. One day last...
We’re sharing this image for the very simple reason that we just happen to like snakes. I’m guessing that most folks don’t think that a snake is anywhere near as cute as a young fox.
This week, how about a challenge for all you song writers out there? See if you can up with some sort of lyrical expression about Al Kaline and John Prine. Maybe a song about the two of them, with a little bit of the coronavirus thrown in, just because. I’m guessing that a lot of folks around our...

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