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.

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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Substantial Gus

Gus is large. The largest dog ever to visit our home. I have given him a nickname: Substantial Gus. A cross-bred mix of German shepherd and Collie, Gus weighs seventy-five pounds. He is not quick or agile, but he does … Continue reading

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Spiritual journey

  From a historical perspective, the spiritual journey is always tragic, for it is a lonely path fit only for individuals rather than for entire societies. – Yuval Noah Harrari from his book Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow Spiritual … Continue reading

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Building a box

It was not my intention to write a COVID-19 pandemic story, but all stories are pandemic stories now. Every story is told in the shadow of the coronavirus. We all live with apprehension, unease, a foreboding that something will happen … Continue reading

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