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Super Bowl snackers? We had a couple of special visitors on our front porch last Sunday night. The picture is a bit fuzzy ‘cause it was shot through two windows. An attempt to join the critters on the porch for a better photograph was unsuccessful.
Last Sunday afternoon was nearly perfect...in terms of the weather...and the little adventure your writer experienced in the bright February sunshine. All in all, it wasn’t a bad way to spend some time on an unofficial national holiday. National holiday? Sure. Unless you were hiding in, or under,...
A Chinese “weather balloon” passed through the sky over Union County last Friday evening. I’m guessing the folks in China spend a lot of their time worrying about the weather in Southern Illinois.
Late last Sunday morning, Bob and I were sitting out on the front stoop, enjoying the warm sunshine, which was quite welcome after our recent rounds of snow, sleet, ice and cold.  The promise of spring could be seen on both sides of the stoop: green leaves popping up through a layer of unraked...
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...

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