Monthly Archives: March 2016


  Encased in ice the North Country was strikingly beautiful these two days, especially when lighted by the golden-red rays of evening sun as the weather front finally passed over. Illuminated by the full moon’s silver light the scene was … Continue reading

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A writer’s role

One of the roles of a true writer is to bring all the gifts of their being to the task of creating art which though conscious of history and artistic tradition demands that you attend to how it feels to … Continue reading

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Library support

Thanks to all the readers of the Old Coot who attended the February book signing for my latest book, Coot Stews, with proceeds going to Friends of the Decorah Public Library. Royalties check arrived yesterday, and today FDPL received a donation … Continue reading

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Doo-doo diligence

March is the month of pooh patrol. Doo-doo duty. Poop scoopin’. Crap collection. Dung drudgery. Shyte shoveling. Manure maintenance. Doo diligence. Call it what you will, it’s the labor of cleaning up all the piles of dog poop that have … Continue reading

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Late winter doldrums

No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.      – from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), British writer … Continue reading

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