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Foggy, frozen snowshoe walk

A foggy, frozen January day in the North Country. Overcast skies, no wind, 14 degrees, a perfect morning for snowshoeing. Photos only; no distracting text.

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Boxes and cartons and tubs, oh my!

Our move from our North Country farm to our new home in the city requires more packing than we expected. We discovered that during our 37 years in this old log house we have accumulated a whole lot of stuff. … Continue reading

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Auld Lang Syne

In keeping with a 10-year tradition, the folk song “Auld Lang Syne” is my final post of the current year on the Dispatches from a Northern Town blog. “Auld Lang Syne” was written in 1788 by Scots poet Robert Burns … Continue reading

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Another slow walk toward Christmas

A thick fog settled over the North Country last night, and when temperatures dropped below freezing a half-inch of frost coated the woodlands and pastures. Three inches of soft snow began to fall at dawn, adding to the wild lands’ … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts for my grandchildren

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.   ― Peg Bracken (1918-2007), American humor writer It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas doesn’t … Continue reading

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A slow walk toward Christmas

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Night sky poems

Shot down in flamesOn clear sky winter nightsI touch certain bright starswith the tip of my index finger,one eye closed as if sighting a rifle.Not a single one has ever fallento the shot of my ocular bullet butI have seen … Continue reading

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Rooster pheasant’s death attributed to leucism

A white-headed rooster pheasant! That was the thought that flashed through my brain when the bird took wing ahead of the “point-track-and-creep, point-track-and-creep” stalking work of my French spaniel Abbey through thick native grasses and marsh grass groundcover of a … Continue reading

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Wild, wild (opening) weekend

Opening weekend of pheasant season was wild in northwest Iowa. Of the hundred-some ringnecks we put to wing Saturday and Sunday, all but two were wild, wild flushers. The two that held to Abbey’s points were, of course, hens. We … Continue reading

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The whole ball game

Nine of us hang onto the memories. In that fleeting span of years of our youth, it was the whole ballgame. Quite literally, it was the whole ballgame. Growing up in a small Ohio town in the 1950s and ’60s, … Continue reading

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