Author Archives: Jerry Johnson

About Jerry Johnson

Curmudgeon. Bird hunter and dog trainer; indifferent wing shot. Retired journalist and college public relations director. Novelist and short story writer. Freeholder: 50-acre farm with 130-year-old log house. Husband, father, grandfather. Retired teacher, coach, mentor. Vicious editor. Blogger.

Catch-pen battleground

A bucolic scene: a dozen Suffolk lambs grazing the hillside beside their mother ewes, their gentle bleats and baas a sort of pastoral music, their leaps and head-butts so much exuberant frolicking on a rustic playground, their sleepy huddles in … Continue reading

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Best birthday present ever

Autumn of 1987. A stressful time of my life. Work issues. We have all been there. I was in desperate need of something to lift my spirits. Lunch hour, as I was walking to the weight training room on campus … Continue reading

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Heat index

Before nine o’clock in the morning the temperature had risen to 82 degrees, dew point was 77 degrees, and humidity was 97 percent This day in the last week of July was heating up to surpass a 103-degree heat index. … Continue reading

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Sturdy sheep

NEARLY 50 YEARS have passed since I last tended sheep. A lot has changed over those 50 years. Almost everything, in fact: technology, scientific research, medicine, education, industrial production, communication, transportation, international trade, sports, music, entertainment… Sheep, not so much. … Continue reading

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Major League Baseball takes a hit

Major League Baseball ain’t what it used to be. The style of play of the game that “used to be” – its philosophy, practice, execution, strategy, tactics, daring, anticipated action, and excitement – have been replaced by a mundane game … Continue reading

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Barb ‘n’ me

Barb and me. Me and barb. Barb Wire. It is not a good relationship. I hate barbed wire, and all available evidence would indicate that it hates me. Over the course of 35 years I have probably strung two miles … Continue reading

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Culvert cleaning

In the event of thunderstorms and torrential rains, check that the culvert is open and the gush of runoff water is flowing unobstructed through the pipe! And because of the changing climate, we are now frequently beset by thunderstorms and … Continue reading

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Tick Talk

This has been an especially bad year for ticks. Well, from the tick’s point of view, this would be regarded as an especially good year for ticks, but for humans and dogs it has been a constant nuisance. As if … Continue reading

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Musical Scopes

Remember first grade and the vicious, competitive game called Musical Chairs? The rules of the game: children marched to martial music in a circle around an array of chairs, and when the music stopped they had to scramble to find … Continue reading

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Trail cameras, grounds blinds, and ladder stands

Logging. That was the problem. And all those skidder roads the loggers had cleared through the woods. Those were the obvious excuses for my dismal hunting results during last year’s deer seasons. We had our woodlands selectively logged, about 45 … Continue reading

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