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Archive for December, 2014

31 Dec

2014 Animal Count

As of today we had 191 days with rain and 90 with snow (235 with rain and/or snow) for 64 % of the year. The 2014 animal count follows (2013 nos in parens)   2014 ANIMAL COUNT v (2013)  32,520 Hummingbirds (610) 800 Downy Woodpecker (323) 762 Redbelly Woodpecker (634) 726 Cliff Swallows (0) 675 […]

31 Dec

2014 Reads

As every year, here’s what I read in 2014.  (1)Carolyn Ells, Michael G. Flaherty, Eds. Investigating Subjectivity: Research on Lived Experience. (1992) [NF] (2)Welker Givson. Tough, Sweet & Stuffy: An Essay on Modern Prose Styles.(1966) [NF] (3) Mary Ann Glendon. Rights Talk:  The Impoverishment of Political Discourse. (1991) [NF] (4)Edward H. Crane, Intro. Speaking Freely: […]

30 Dec


I’ve finished clean draft of BUCKULAR DYSTROPHY  (Woods Cop #10) and now Lonnie is reading the manuscript, the normal progression.  One day from the end of the year it is time to play with language and ideas outside any restraints. There  is rhythm in language even in newspaper obituary headlines. You often need to read […]

23 Dec

The Wolf Who Saved the Deer

My publisher has asked me to “update, COVERED WATERS: TEMPESTS OF A NOMADIC TROUTER. This will go to press sometime in 2015. The piece that follows will be part of it. This is the roughest of drafts, but gets the message across. Flashback to sometime before 1965 and  my friend and teammate Bill Haeger and […]

23 Dec

Some Thoughts on the Process of Personal Choice

Tonight I finished my next to last edit of the draft of BUCKULAR DYSTROPHY.  Next up, type in the changes and tweaks and reread it one more time, and shoot it off to my agent before the New Year comes in. I have been reading various things (as a break from revising) and ran across […]

22 Dec

A Good Man Gone From Us

My Uncle Harry died Dec. 18. Harry Heywood Harry B. Heywood RHINECLIFF – Harry B. Heywood, 85, a resident of Rhinecliff since 1931, passed away at his home on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Born in Elizabeth, NY on August 11, 1929, he was the son of Harry and Mary (Hamill) Heywood . Harry graduated from […]

21 Dec

Thoughts During the Winter Solstace

David Quammen is a fine writer, and from what he writes, I assume he’s a fine fellow as well. In his book WILD THOUGHTS FROM WILD PLACES, he gives us the sort of hope-filled thinking we need on this first day of winter, looking into the maw of Alberta Clippers, polar  vortexes, flu season, and […]

03 Dec

Twelve Days in a Black Truck, Deer Season with The DNR, 2014

Every deer season is different. This year I decided to work below the bridge on the northwest side of the state.   DAY 1: Friday, November 14. My partner is CO Steve Converse. We are working Manistee County with a brief foray into Benzie. It’s always something when I head out to work with COs […]

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