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The river as weaver

Sweltering winds are gusting on this cloudy day in late August, trying their best to dissuade me from my walk around the perimeter of our hay field with my French spaniel Abbey. Humid and heavy, the mid-morning air wraps me … Continue reading

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Crazy Urban Coot

Eventually this moment had to come, this decision had to be made, this new direction in life had to be taken. For 37 years we have loved living on our farm, caring for this land, grooming a small island of … Continue reading

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Crystals and gargoyles

Our memories are dreams, crystals mounted in sets of elegantly craftedgold and silver that we take from velvet-lined folds in our minds,always warm and shining in our hands, bright treasures that we touch to our lips, our nose, our eyes, … Continue reading

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Latest book

My latest book, Coot Shoots – A Crazy Old Coot’s Anthology of Hunting and Shooting Stories and Essays, was published June 1. Available in paperback and kindle editions at:http://www.amazon.com/Coot-Shoots-Anthology-Hunting-Shooting/dp/B0B31X62DZ/

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Hotwires, insulators, and sheep

Strange weather the past few days. The skies wouldn’t quite rain, and won’t quite stop raining. There are weeks when you concede that working in the mud is the only option. The task was erecting a hotwire to front the … Continue reading

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Home again, home again jiggity-jig

Our Southwest travel adventure has ended. We are back in the North Country in late March, the month we can expect alternating thaws and freezes, rain and snow, mud and ice. The first night home, two inches of wet, slippery … Continue reading

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No escape

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Sheltering from the wind

An outdoor writer who does not credit the wind as the predominant force in the shaping and the life of wild places has failed in his craft. The wind touches and forms or reforms every thing. The wind also touches … Continue reading

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26 ‘Must Do’ items before towing our trailer

A riddle: Why is a Scamp camping trailer like a P-38 Lightning World War II twin engine fighter aircraft? Answer: Because you have to complete a checklist of items before you fly into “combat.” Bear with me; I will explain. … Continue reading

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Camper clutter

After 27 days of nomadic life in the Scamp camping trailer, many of our former criteria for a happy household have been revised to conform to the new normal. For example, the definitions of the terms “organized,” “cluttered,” “tidy,” “neat,” … Continue reading

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