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Archive for December, 2013

30 Dec

Mishmash of Thoughts on the Penultimate Day of 2013.

What is it about the word death that sets people to skidding away from the word? Fact that we no longer live in extended families, do not get to see our loved ones and even our friends grow old and die? Something.  Creative writing done, tonight is newspaper night and I just went through the […]

30 Dec

2013 Reading List

Herein, the annual posting of my year’s book reading matter, with no comment on quality or holding power of any particular book.  I have no favorite to offer because the one I am reading is always my favorite, just as the manuscript I am writing is always my favorite. I believe  in focus, and that […]

21 Dec

Photo Blasts from the Past

My former pilot Art Smith (and wife MaryJo)  sent along some great pix of some of my artwork from the 1960s. Art drove B-57s in the Guard, then RF-101s in Vietnam before joining us in the tanker force. Great guy, great pilot, and our irrepressible super pro boom operator Rick Clark. The photo of the […]

21 Dec

Cougar Shot in Schoolcraft County: First Confirmed MI kill since 1906

DNR officials: Bay County residents arrested on suspicion of killing cougar in Upper Peninsula                     Trail camera photo depicting a cougar in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in December 2013. DNR officials believe two Bay County residents illegally killed this same cougar. (Courtesy the Department of Natural Resources) SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources […]

21 Dec

Eagles in the Air

My pal (former Michigan State lacrosse coach Ted Swoboda) sent out a note earlier this week, with lots of interesting photos attached. Here’s his note. (Thanks, Boda): “Drove out to Davenport Iowa this week after seeing a daily eagle county at the Fulton Lock last week. Wednesday I viewed more than 500 bald eagles at […]

16 Dec

One Call for a Conservation Officer

This conservation officer has had complaints on a certain house near a UP town for several years, allegations of night-shooting deer and other illegal activity. Recently, he does to the place, which has a giant bait pile in the front yard, and he knocks on the door. Out in the yard in the trees there […]

11 Dec

Signing Saturday in Kalamazoo.

This coming Saturday, 4th Annual Author Day at Kazoo Books. I’m there 3-4:30 p.m. When: December 14, 2013 all-day Where: Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo,MI 49008 Join us at our Parkview store on Saturday, December 14, for our 4th Annual Author Day!  We’ll be hosting authors all day. Artisans that day:… Beadventure – bead […]

03 Dec

Nooks & Crannies in the Pileated Forest

Ran Shaksper in the pileated forest yesterday. Struck me how man hiding places there are for small critturs and creatures.  A Hobbit-like world. Photos tell the story. No captions necessary. Over. o

02 Dec

The Day After

Firearms deer season finished the day before yesterday. Muzzleloaders up next, then late archery, so the 2013 deer season is not  yet  finito. Sunday was another day in the truck. We checked traps and fur buyers and deer processors, made a traffic stop on a young guy that came close to knocking us off a road, […]

01 Dec

Traditional Firearm Deer Season Ends

      Yesterday was the Last day of firearm deer season and I was with an officer from a southern Michigan county. Funny how things happen. A motorist noticed a pile of deer carcasses. CO visits scene, finds a tag on one of the deer. Station 20 in Lansing identifies the hunter and provides an […]

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