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.

Hotwires, insulators, and sheep

Strange weather the past few days. The skies wouldn’t quite rain, and won’t quite stop raining. There are weeks when you concede that working in the mud is the only option. The task was erecting a hotwire to front the … Continue reading

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April Fools snowfall

The weather gods waited until late on the night of April 1 to play an April Fools prank. We awoke to discover a two to three-inch snowfall across the North Country. Was this because I removed the snowblower head from … Continue reading

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Final day of March

The cold winds on this final day of March are trying their best to prolong winter, bringing with them a storm that has blanketed the North Country with an inch of snow. This northwest wind has also scoured all traces … Continue reading

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Home again, home again jiggity-jig

Our Southwest travel adventure has ended. We are back in the North Country in late March, the month we can expect alternating thaws and freezes, rain and snow, mud and ice. The first night home, two inches of wet, slippery … Continue reading

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Gardens? What gardens? We’re in Kansas!

One of the greatest exchanges of dialogue in a scene from the motion picture “Casablanca”: Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re … Continue reading

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Better keep your hat on a few weeks

Three months without a haircut was too long. Although I am balding (okay, almost bald), my head was beginning to resemble a ridged dome on a high plains prairie covered by little bluestem native grass: tufts and clumps jutting up … Continue reading

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No escape

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Drinker, smoker, carnivore

During the long, relaxed evenings of our winter vacation sojourn through New Mexico I have escaped the great evil of television “news” broadcasts and have enjoyed reading books on my favorite subjects: history, and biographies of historical figures. Currently, I … Continue reading

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Sheltering from the wind

An outdoor writer who does not credit the wind as the predominant force in the shaping and the life of wild places has failed in his craft. The wind touches and forms or reforms every thing. The wind also touches … Continue reading

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26 ‘Must Do’ items before towing our trailer

A riddle: Why is a Scamp camping trailer like a P-38 Lightning World War II twin engine fighter aircraft? Answer: Because you have to complete a checklist of items before you fly into “combat.” Bear with me; I will explain. … Continue reading

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