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For Auld Lang Syne

An end-of-year tradition at Dispatches from a Northern Town: Scots poet Robert Burns’ For Old Lang Syne. Written in 1788 by Burns (1759-1796) in Scots language, the poem was set to the tune of a traditional Scottish folk song in … Continue reading

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Shotgun stock repair

AFTER MOPING AROUND for a day because I had clumsily fallen while bird hunting and damaged the buttstock of my favorite shotgun, I decided not to commit suicide but instead have the gun repaired. This Browning BSS 20 gauge Sporter … Continue reading

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Troubles come in threes

An old folk adage cautions us that troubles come in threes. If an annoyance or mishap besets us, we can expect two more of the same type in short order. I hope this Rule of Three is valid because I … Continue reading

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First bird hunt with Mov’alon Rouge

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Final bird hunt with Old Gray

All good things must come to an end. Old Gray, my faithful 2006 Ford F-150 pickup, is the best truck I have ever owned. Saying good-bye to this rig that has taken me on hundreds of hunts both near and … Continue reading

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Eclectic houses of Santa Cruz

The city of Santa Cruz, located on the northwest shore of Monterey Bay, has fascinating residential neighborhoods, homes as eclectic and diverse as California itself, each with its eccentricities. These houses may be somewhat constricted by prohibitions against multi-story structures, … Continue reading

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Monterey Bay

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The instinctive urge to hunt

“T. Rex doesn’t want to be fed, he wants to hunt.” Dr. Alan Grant (actor Sam Neill) from the motion picture Jurassic Park THE PASSION, the instinctive urge to hunt, the genetic memory that connects me to prehistoric humankind, has … Continue reading

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God gets drunk every now and then

Last week God got drunk and shouted “To Hell with this world I created! I’m tired of the whole mess and sick of all the whining.” He sang three songs with dirty lyrics before He fell into a drunken stupor … Continue reading

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November musings

Standing in sunlight on a warm November day I return to my youth of twenty-eight years with the youth’s paint pallet of colorful thoughts and aspirations. I take a step toward potential adventures, prospects hungered for but as yet unknown, … Continue reading

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