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.

What has it got in its pocketses?

The thing I have never found in my pocketses is the much desired One Ring with the power and sorcery to take me into the realm of great and transformative adventures – or at least grant me enough simple magic … Continue reading

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Dog dreams

Dog dreams These cool nights of early autumn unwrap dream presents, untying the ribbons of my first deep and restful sleep since midsummer’s soggy wool blanket of hot and heavy air smothered the North Country and tucked in for a … Continue reading

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Three seconds

Our time on this Earth is a momentous gift. For each of us, deciding how we will use that gift is an enigma. Three seconds What will you do with your three seconds? How well will you fare with your … Continue reading

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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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