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Call this one a look back at the winter weekend of my discontent. Before we go down that road, let me take a moment or two of your valuable time to reflect on what seems to have been a senseless, unexplainable act which was brought to your writer's attention. A call came in late Wednesday morning...
December...2012...folks with even a teeny, tiny bit of common sense would have stayed home following a blizzard on the day after Christmas.
This week, we're going to start with a few numbers: 1,035.2, 86.3 and 113. We'll get back to those numbers in just a bit. First up, allow me to make a bit of a serious observation. One day last week, your intrepid observer of The Journey Through Life was motoring back to The Paragraph Factory after...
This critter seemed to be looking for a place to at least get out of the cold wind. The picture was taken along Casper Church Road near Anna Thursday, Jan. 5, while light snow was falling.
Even a small amount of snowfall can transform the world around us into a winter wonderland. Sorry about the cliche... Union County land experienced a bit of a visit from Old Man Winter during the past week. Based on weather forecasts, Mr. Winter's visit with us was going to be interrupted by some...
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...

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