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Utter humiliation? Thank goodness the reptile featured in this pic was not a T rex, 'cause yours truly would have ended up like that fellow who decided to hide in an outhouse in "Jurassic Park."
At some point, when we least expect it, they are going to have their revenge. Especially a certain calico kitty and a traveling lizard. If you have a pet, any kind of pet, any kind of creature, you might appreciate the story that I'm going to share.  Before we get to the revenge of the critters, I...
Photo by Geof Skinner.
Sometimes...you feel like a nut, which, again, officially dates yours truly. Well, another year is rapidly coming to what may seem like a merciful conclusion. And, in keeping with a tradition which dates back, oh, maybe three years, I decided to once again share some of my favorite images of...
April 8: Kitty was taking a nap and didn't even notice when the picture was taken.
Just as promised, this week you get to see some of my favorite critter pics from 2016. I've been saving up all kinds of photographs for the past 12 months. I had something like a million images, but these were some of my favorites. Hope you enjoy them. Next week, you'll get to see some of my...
A bird...on a branch...on a bush...this image was captured on a Sunday afternoon, not far from the historic St. Anne's Church in Anna.
This week, we're all about a bird in a bush, and another bird in a bush, and a bunch of birds in the sky, and a bird in the water, too. To tell you the truth, I've been on a bit of a mission since the end of September. That was when The Paragraph Factory lost a very special gentleman. Blackie had...
...or, maybe...sometimes you feel like a nut...those words would, once again, date yours truly. Oh, well. This squirrel seemed to have found a veritable banquet in the branches of a pecan tree. The squirrel was spotted enjoying a snack while yours truly was on a walk one afternoon recently.
Sigh. I finally broke down and made a winter coat a regular part of my daily attire. To tell you the truth, I had put off such action as long as I could. A couple of mornings during the past week with frosty temperatures finally forced my chilly hand. The coat goes with the frost on the windshield...
You may have noticed that a photograph does not accompany this week's colyum, as has become the norm. That's mainly because any photograph which might have appeared would be, well, in a word, disgusting. As you may know, we live in an old house. We think that the original part of our humble abode...
While ramblin' around Union County during the 2016 ColorFest celebration way back in October, I spotted this sign at an event in Alto Pass...the message seemed appropriate for this week.
If you happen to be familiar with a routine by comedian/singer/bluegrass music guy Steve Martin that involves a song about a ramblin' man, consider that the soundtrack for this week's colyum... ...a couple of weeks ago, we had a picture in the paper with a caption that mentioned a hard-working...
Mr. Lincoln (or, Mr. Lincoln's statue) peers through a couple of trees at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds.
Wednesday morning, November 9...the sun rose in the east, just like normal... ...Thursday morning, November 10...the sun rose in the east, just like normal... ...wow. Two days in a row. Life went on. Which was good. Very good. Very reassuring. Given the story which unfolded during the vaguely...
A freight train was about to make its way onto a bridge over the Big Muddy River north of metropolitan Wolf Lake last Friday afternoon.
During a period of about 72 hours last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I once again came to appreciate why Union County, and Southern Illinois, are such a nice place to call home, especially during autumn. Autumn is pretty much my favorite season. It seems to have taken a little big longer than usual...
A groundhog, AKA Chuck Wood, was enjoying a snack when your intrepid photographer spotted him last weekend. The image might not be the greatest, 'cause it was shot through a screen and a window. Oh, well.
Thank goodness for groundhogs. And the occasional mystery bug. And the occasional message posted on a sign in front of one of our local churches. Last Saturday, while engaged in dish-washing duties, I happened to look out our kitchen window and spotted our neighborhood groundhog. I say it's the...

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