May 24, 2016

The can-picker saw me coming this morning and ducked behind a car on his old bike. I don't know why, because I think picking cans is honorable enough. The can-picker never looks me in the eye, actively averting his eyes whenever I see him. But he sticks to his job. May...

May 8, 2016

How do you say why squirrels run down wires?


That thought that came again this morning when Lady began tracking not one but two gray squirrels running on the wires along the alley behind the bus barn downtown and behind the yard with the feeders across the street from...

May 5, 2016

Barreling down a back road on Sunday, I had to slam on the brakes suddenly. Several stalks of wild asparagus poked vividly above the roadside grasses and weeds. I pulled over and flipped on the flashers.

That was part of the reason I had been barreling down th...

April 23, 2016

Canada geese raised such a racket of honking on the south shore of the north old clay pit that I knew I  would find goslings between at least one pair.

And I did. It just took a while to find the two goslings swimming tight to their parents.


So tight that I could not ev...

April 17, 2016

The red fox stalking mice or voles in the weeds growing under the front row of the old weathered bleachers registered in some part of my brain this morning, but not fast enough to fire the synapses that would have had me pull my phone from my left pocket to get the pic...

April 16, 2016

Jeanie Chung and I used to both work the agate desk for the Sun-Times years ago. Both of us did some writing on preps sports, too.

I thought of Chung yesterday morning when counting coots on the north old clay pit.


Well, actually, I thought of her afterward when I was b...

April 15, 2016

Back downtown this morning, the sign in front of Station Street Pub caught my eye: "Cod, perch, tilapia, shrimp." 


Must be Friday.


And yes our little town has one of the oldest shrines in the United States and a well-known Catholic church.


We all have our little claims...

April 11, 2016

I have theories.


I know that may come as a shock, but I do.


Many of them.


With the rains yesterday and last night, I expected to stuff the pockets of my camo hoodie with dozens of night crawlers and earthworms this morning as Lady and I rambled around.


But no, just fou...

April 9, 2016

I found Lady quite beautiful this morning against the background of the onion snow, which blew down hard and fast last night. And the onion snow was still sticking around this morning, at least for a few hours.


Our family's mutt loves the snow and she reveled in it thi...

March 28, 2016

Three Eurasian collared-doves croaked in the yards by the decorative fruit trees a block north as Lady and I rambled off this morning.


The spread of Eurasian collared-doves is something to observe as the years go on. Unlike the cooing of mourning doves, I do not find t...

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