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.

Back roads

Naiveté is the headwaters of all rivers of adventure. Back roads The Nelson Place. That is where I should go, I’d been told. I do not remember his first name; maybe Duane. But as promised on the directions hurriedly written … Continue reading

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Aye: A folktale of a dog and her master

Aye: A folktale of a dog, and her master The story comes from Scotland, a hundred years ago, and the dog is a border collie. The lesson, and the sentiment, however, go to the heart of every bird dog owner. … Continue reading

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Canadian insurgency

Botanists tell us that Canada Thistle (cirsium arvense) did not actually come from Canada; it originated somewhere in southeastern Europe or southwestern Asia. Personally I suspect, with no basis in fact or research, that it was bio-engineered by 13th century … Continue reading

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Ironwood revenge

Ironwood revenge Evening walks are not so easy or so spirit-soothing these days on unsteady legs that caution “slowly” for fear of tumbling down the face of the limestone bluff that plunges into Trout River Valley several hundred tree-stump-studded and … Continue reading

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Flowers and weeds

The household lawn with its decorative gardens of flowers/weeds is a bitterly contested battlefield in the war between the sexes, and while the male invader with his mechanized equipment and chemical weapons may seem to have the advantage in each … Continue reading

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The nursery is off limits

…this wonderful encounter with a small miracle, this tiny fawn in the hayfield, lifted my spirits and gave me renewed hope that a mad, mad world may yet come to its senses and brighter days are ahead. The nursery is … Continue reading

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100th Meridian

100th Meridian On November days wandering near the 100th Meridian (fabled barrier to rainfall in the Great American Desert), the tail end of the grouse season when birds are flighty, or midway through deer season when heart-stopper bucks are wise … Continue reading

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