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.

Slow burn

Slow burn At the most recent Coot-Together, the twice-a-month gathering of The Over the Hill Gang at a local bar and grill, five of us were telling our best tree-felling stories. You know how those yarns work: we try to … Continue reading

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Second gear

Second gear There are worse things than mowing in second gear. Our North Country farm incudes about four acres of yard (I won’t call it lawn because it’s closer to cow pasture than greensward) that has to be mowed each … Continue reading

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The Starry Messenger

The Starry Messenger Blessed with the good fortune to live in the North Country where celestial skies are not dimmed and diminished by city lights, I spend many a night hour sitting or lying at the peak of our hilltop … Continue reading

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April snowshoe hike

April snowshoe hike This has been a loooong winter in the North Country, capped by an April 18 storm that dropped 10 inches of wet snow. But the day after the storm dawned sunny and clear, a perfect blue-sky morning … Continue reading

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Hunting camp maxims

Hunting camp maxims Over the course of five decades in hunting camps, the Over the Hill Gang has discovered several universal truths that we should share with those who are newcomers to the blood sports. Each of these truths merits … Continue reading

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Getting ready for winter – in April?

Getting ready for winter – in April? Old timers say there are only two seasons in the North Country: Winter Getting Ready for Winter But that’s hyperbole. Each of the four seasons grace the North Country’s landscape with a different … Continue reading

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The defective computer monitor (Subtitle: ‘I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t let you back into the airlock’)

The defective computer monitor (Subtitle: ‘I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t let you back into the airlock’) Friends who are skilled with social media marketing strategies, and much more clever than I, have been after me for months to expand my … Continue reading

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