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September hunting truck ablutions redux

COME SEPTEMBER, my annual ritual is preparing my pickup truck for the bird hunting seasons that will open later in the month and extend into January. I have done this for 50 years now, and it always excites me with … Continue reading

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In the Catbird Seat

These days, Abbey rides in the Catbird Seat. The seat in my Ford F-150 pickup is a split bench with its center section over the driveshaft hump, a seat that could only be comfortable for a seven-year-old child with short … Continue reading

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A name for the escape pod

A reader asks: “What did you name the new Scamp camping trailer?” Although I am not in the habit of naming my vehicles, I may make an exception with the Scamp. I am calling it Ramblin’ Prose.

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Ramblin’, Scampin’ Coot

The drive to Backus, Minnesota was long and tiring, more than 350 miles. But that is where Scamp trailers are manufactured, and we chose to take possession of our new Scamp at the factory rather than have it delivered. This … Continue reading

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A builder’s guide to handbaskets for a world that is going to hell

Basket weaving. I should probably learn the intricate skill of basket weaving. But I do not have a craftsman’s manual dexterity or an artist’s innate sense of creativity and elegance. Nor do I have the required patience or painstaking attention … Continue reading

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A Slow Walk Through The North Country

Building a box seemed the appropriate thing to do. To mark the publication of my 12th book, I constructed a wooden box to display the three novels and the five bound collections of essays, short stories, and poems in the … Continue reading

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Iowa — a good old state

Iowa is a good old state — quite literally. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 527,000 of us old folks, age 65 or older, live in the state: 17.5 percent of Iowa’s population of 3.1 million. That is only … Continue reading

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We taught China a lesson

Now that the COVID pandemic is subsiding in most First World countries (barring a resurgence caused by a mutated strain of the virus that erupts in Third World countries), we are returning to a more normal pace of life after … Continue reading

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Facts vs. ‘The Truth’

In my former life as a journalist, a newspaper reporter, a Knight Errant of the most chivalrous of professions, I was eager to do battle with the Dragons of the Realm of Falsehoods, the firedrakes that were the scourge of … Continue reading

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A new approach

Hanging the steel gate was the easy part. The hard work was clearing the new approach into the South Ravine Pasture. Each sub-section of our North Country farm has acquired a name, an identity, over the previous 35 years: the … Continue reading

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