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The Orange insurrection

Stunned and unsettled by the insurrection against the United States government January 6 by right-wing extremists, I have been wordless, unable to write and post a blog essay while I try to comprehend this horrendous, treasonous act of mob violence … Continue reading

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Hoarfrost – One of the hundred reasons I love the North Country in winter

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Auld Lang Syne

By Robert Burns (1759-1796) Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind?Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my jo,for auld lang syne,we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,for auld lang syne. And surely … Continue reading

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Winter’s first (serious) snowstorm

The first snowstorm of the winter of 2020-21 will arrive in the North Country sometime in the course of this day, ending the mild weather that has graced our fall and early winter. The first serious snowstorm, I should say, … Continue reading

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Huntin’ dhem vild chicken rooster birds

Vell Ron I know you most like to choot dem little doodle birds, but I tink you vould maybe vant to hear about vhat happened dhis morning vhen Yohn and me Ole vent to hunt dhem birds dhat ve mostly … Continue reading

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The covenant

The introduction to my latest book, Coot Dogs – An Anthology of Dog Stories by a Crazy Old Coot, “The covenant” is my explication of the bond and the communion that bird hunters share with their dogs. It has been … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts for my grandchildren

This Christmas essay was posted five years ago on the Dispatches from a Northern Town blog. As this year of 2020 comes to an end, a year of much trial and turmoil and suffering, Christmas gifts for my grandchildren seemed … Continue reading

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Blindsided

No doubt about it: this was clearly a crime of passion. Fueled by a dangerous mix of testosterone and endorphins, and armed with a hefty set of antlers, the whitetail buck attacked and ripped apart one of my ground blinds. … Continue reading

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883 cow photos

Reminder to self: remove the SD cards from the trail cameras before the cattle are moved to the hilltop pasture! A mixed herd of Jersey dairy heifers and Devon beef steers cell-grazed our hayfield – five-acre plots at a time … Continue reading

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Coot Dogs – An Anthology of Dog Stories by a Crazy Old Coot

A NEW BOOK! Coot Dogs – An Anthology of Dog Stories by a Crazy Old Coot. And just in time for Christmas. The latest of five books in the Old Coot series is available through Amazon at Coot Dogs. Although … Continue reading

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