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Petals from blossoms on a magnolia tree looked like fallen snow. Let me just add that I think it was a magnolia tree. My tree identification skills are about as shaky as my bird identification skills.
In the “it was so warm and windy last Thursday” category... ...it was so warm and windy last Thursday in Union County that when I drove by a pasture along the highway, I saw a horse fly... ...get it...a horse fly...as in a horse flying in the wind...oh, never mind... This week, we’re going to take...
Hoping for a snack? Or, maybe, a shot at $10 million. A squirrel appeared to be ready for a picnic when it was spotted during a visit one afternoon last week to the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
Let’s get started this week by making a rash assumption that squirrels do not receive junk mail. Either in the form of traditional “snail mail” or some form of electronic communication. (This, of course, also makes me wonder if snails receive “snail mail.” If not, how do they receive valuable junk...
This image was captured from a vantage point which was about as close to the Mississippi River as the photographer dared to stand.
No matter how many pilgrimages we make to see it, the Mississippi River remains awe-inspiring. One day last week, your writer had to make a road trip to Cape Girardeau, over in the Show Me State, for an adventure in the health care system. All went well. Actually, the doc said all was “great.”...
...nope, this isn’t a bear...or a squirrel...but it is a mammal...a rabbit, to be sure...which was having a grass salad for an afternoon snack...(I was really hopping, um, make that hoping, to get a picture of a squirrel snacking at one of our bird feeders.)...I was pretty sure that I would NOT get a picture of a bear snacking at one of our bird feeders...
Once again this week, we’ll have a little bit of this...and a little bit of that...just bear with me... ...in the “at least we don’t have to worry about this” category... ...yours truly read last week in USA TODAY that the Department of Fish & Wildlife in Vermont was urging people “to take down...
  It was Friday, the weather was beautiful, I had just gotten paid, it was my lunch break and I was on my way to the bank.  I’d decided to walk in order to enjoy the warm weather. I took a shortcut across the tracks and was headed down East Vienna when a white SUV with government plates appeared...
A fellow traveler on The Journey Through Life shared this picture of many bald eagles which were seen in a tree along Route 3 in Union County.
It probably wasn’t a good thing to write this when all of my cylinders weren’t firing. Anyway, here we go... Yours truly spent a good portion of last week as a member of the Malady of the Month Club. Membership benefits included coughing, hacking, a bit of a low-grade fever, three nights without...
Flattering portrait? Nope. Especially if you happen to be a goose. Oh, well.
Oh, no, you’re saying to yourself, not more bird pictures. And they are gooses...again... ...even better, they are gooses cabooses. A number of years ago, another traveler on The Journey Through Life suggested that we stop using so many photographs of white-tailed deer in the newspaper. My thought...
Saturday afternoon...fallen brown leaves of autumn surrounded some yellow daffodils which were in bloom last Saturday afternoon in Cobden...
March 4, 2018 Mr. Old Man Winter North Pole Alaska, USA 00000   Dear Mr. Winter, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Let me begin by asking: Do you have a calendar in front of you? Did you know that it is March in Southern Illinois? I ask these questions because when I was...
A view of Clear Creek from a bridge on Morgan School Road.
At the time this was started, on a Sunday afternoon, even more precipitation was falling from the sky.  I could tell it was precipitating by looking online. After all, that’s where we find out about EVERYTHING nowadays. Right?  Oh, I also looked out the window. Yup. It was raining. At least the...
Brrrr, brrrr, brrrr, lookin’ out my front door. Snow was falling Wednesday night, Jan. 30, in our little  corner of the world. Which was surprising. According to the forecast, the snow should not have been falling south of the Union-Jackson county line. I’m just sayin’...
This week, we’ll start with apologies to John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Buck Owens, all of the folks out there who know how to write lyrics to a song, and anybody and everybody who likes good music...   Just got home in Illinois, freezin’ cold outdoors, oh boy! Tried to sit down, take...

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