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02 Nov

Tahquamenon Country

Sometimes conservation officers find themselves between rocks and hard places and often such places are green,green,green. Turn around, or plunge forward. Well we opted for forward till the road dropped into a sinkhole and made retreat necessary. You do not understand green until you are buried in it. This particular day we were wending our way north toward the Tahquamenon River — very interesting country.

The Road Ahead of Us (for 50 meters)

The Road Behind Us

02 Nov

The North in Color

Where are we now, Weds? It sometimes the days run together. Word this week came that Lyons will publish Red Jacket, story of a game warden in the Keweenaw during the 1913 Copper Strike. Cast of characters include Teddy Roosevelt, Big Louie Moilanen, Big Annie Clemenc, Mother Jones, George Gipp, and more.Publication will be sometime in 2012, but I don’t know exact timing yet.  This is not a Grady Service story, but it is Yoop and COs in perhaps one of the most interesting years in state history. Meanwhile, I’m prepping short stories to go to my agent and getting ready to head north for coupla weeks with COs in the UP, (hoping no big snows to contend with). Having the Green Streamer’s tires checked this week, to see if we need new skins. Meanwhile, here are more photos from summer and fall in da Yoop. Enjoy and over.

 

 

Fish Scout on The Precipice

South of Noobs

Fishing the Two Hearted's Magic Cohohole

Beaverneers' sweet dam

Superior's snit.Big blow coming.

Uh oh, da bears iss in da bloobs...

Picking Brenda's lettuce.

(l-r) Lonnie, Mary Miars, Mommyo Miars at Crisp Point on a windy day.

Riffle water

Lonnie and Mike Brown climbing down to the Two Hearted.

Belle Lac, northwest Luce County

Tamaracki off the Manistique River Road.

 

Fall popples: This is the color of bird-hunting.

This is a weed seen southwest of Curtis. No idea what it is, but the yellow is eye-catching.

Fire Trees. The color this fall was stunning.

30 Oct

Books & Stuff

Very nice time yesterday at Books and More in Albion.  Someone asked me what I read, and I couldn’t really answer because my tastes tend to run all over the place, but if interested, here’s the list of what I’ve read so far in 2011, in the order I read them:

[CODE= NF=NONFICTION/ P=POETRY/SS=SHORT STORIES. IF NO CODE, IT’S FICTION.

 1.Winston Groom. A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy & Triumph on the Western Front. [NF]

2. Donald Hall. Life Work. [NF]

3. Arturo Perez-Reverte. The Flanders Panel.

4. Gail Levin. Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography. [NF]

5.  Ernest Hemingway. The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. [SS]

6. Jean-Yves Tadie. Marcel Proust: A Life. [NF]

7. Christopher Duffy. Through German Eyes: The British & the Somme, 1916. [NF]

8. Jef Simmons. Wipers: A Soldier’s Tale from the Great War. [NF]

9. Ernst Junger. Storm of Steel. [NF]

10. Ian W. Beckett. Ypres: The First Battle, 1914.[NF]

11. Gunter Grass. Peeling the Onion: A Memoir. [NF]

12. John H. Timmerman. Jane Kenyon: A Literary Life. [NF]

13. James Dickey. Poems 1957-1967 [P]

14. Gontran de Poncins. Kabloona: Among the Inuit. [NF]

15. Hazen L. Miller.The Old Au Sable. [NF]

16. Christopher Fowler. The Water Room.

17. Larry McMurtry. Oh What A Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846-1890. [NF]

18. Germaine Greer. Shakespeare’s Wife. [NF]

19. Rich Benjamin. Searching for Utopia. [NF]

20. Martin Cruz Smith. December 6.

21. Umberto Eco, Ed. On Ugliness. [NF]

22. Joan Didion. Slouching Towards Bethlehem. [NF]

23. Craig Raine. T.S. Eliot. [NF]

24. Wm B. Mershon. Recollections of My Fifty Years Hunting and Fishing. [NF]

25. Dana Stabenow.[FORGOT TO WRITE DOWN TITLE!]

26. Christopher Fowler. Full Dark House.

27. Christopher Fowler. Seventy Seven Clocks.

28. Christopher Fowler. Ten Second Staircase.

29. Christopher Fowler. White Corridor.

30. Joseph Heywood. Red Jacket. [MS]

31. Bob Lemieux. Off Wing: Living in the Bowels of the Dead Wings in the 1970s [NFMS]

32. Karl Shapiro and Robert Beur. A Prosody Handbook. [NF]

33. Joseph Heywood.  Force of Blood [Edited MS]

34. Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken. [NF] 

35. Julie Burstein. Spark: How Creativity Works. [NF]

36. Joseph Heywood. Force of Blood. [Page Proofs]

37. C.J. Box. Cold Wind.

38. Alex Berenson. The Faithful Spy.

39. Alex Berenson. The Silent Man.

40. Jaimy Gordon. Lord of Misrule.

41. Virginia Morris. How to Care for Aging Parents. [NF]

42. Gareth Crocker. Finding Jack.

43. Wm Donohue Ellis. Land of the Inland Seas: The Historic and Beautiful Great Lakes Country. [NF]

44. Joseph Heywood. Force of Blood [Page Proofs]

45. Dana Stabenow. A Fine and Bitter Snow.

46. Dana Stabenow. Blindfold Game.

47. Marcus Luttrell w Patrick Robinson. Lone Survior. [NF]

48. Ian Wilson. Shakespeare the Evidence: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Man and His Works. [NF]

49. Susan Jacoby. Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age. [NF]

50. Tim Corcoran. Bone Island Mambo.

51.Trevanian. Shibumi.

52. Jonathan Bate. The Genius of Shakespeare. [NF]

53. Norman Mailer. The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing. [NF]

54. Edward L. Galligan. The Truth of Uncertainty: Beyond Ideology in Science and Literature. [NF]

55. Michael Korda. Hero: The Life & Legend of Lawrence of Arabia. [NF]

56. Susan Jacoby. Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age. [NF]

57. Raymond Chandler. The Simple Art of Murder. [NF, SS]

58. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver’s Travels.

59. William Zinser. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. [NF]

60. Charles J. Hanley. Sand Hun, and Martha Mendoza. The Bridge at No Gun Ri. [NF]

61. James Welch. Fool’s Crow.

62. Donald Barthelme. Not –Knowing: The Essays and Interviews. [NF]

63. David Eagleman. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. [NF]

64. Edward L. Galligan. The Comic Vision in Literature. [NF]

65. Samuel Pepys. The Diary of Samuel Pepys. [NF]

66. R.A. Rieki. U.P.

67. Edwin Way Teale. Journey Into Summer. [NF]

68. Edward Marston. The Wolves of Savernake.

69. Sheryl De Vore. Northern Flights: Tracking the Birds and Birding of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. [NF]

70. Ellen Airgood. South of Superior.

71. Ross S. Carter.  Those Devils in Baggy Pants. [NF]

72. DNR Drummond Island Log Book. 1/2/74 – 10/3/81. [NF]

73. Nelson Lee. Three Years Among the Commanche: The Narrative of Nelson Lee, The Texas Ranger. [NF]

74. Edward Marston. The Ravens of Blackwater.

75. Frederic J. Svoboda, Joseph J. Waldmeir. Hemingway: Up in Michigan Perspectives. [NF]

76. Thomas Berger. The Feud.

77. Pam Houston. Women on Hunting. [SS]

78. Paul Doiron. The Poacher’s Son.

79. Dan Jenkins. Fast Copy.

80. Christopher Fowler. Bryant & May On the Loose.

81. Christopher Fowler. Bryant & May Off the Tracks.

82. William Saroyen. Short Drive, Sweet Chariot. [NF]

83. Lenny Bruce. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People. [NF]

84. William Styron. Lie Down in Darkness.

85. Alan Lightman. Einstein’s Dreams.

86. Gary Provost: 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing. [NF]

87. Stephen Crane. The Little Regiment and Other Civil War Stories. [SS]

88. Steven J. Gould. Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History. [NF]\

89. Robert K. Adair. The Physics of Baseball. [NF]

90. Karin Fossum. Don’t Look Back.

91. Philip Kerr. A Quiet Flame.

92. Janet Evanovich. Smokin’ Seventeen.

93. Philip Kerr. Field Gray.

94. Alan Furst. Night Soldiers.

95. Alan Furst. The Polish Officer

96. Alan Furst. Red Gold.

97. Alan Furst. Kingdom of Shadows.

98. Alan Furst. Blood of Victory.

99. Alan Furst. The Spies of Warsaw.

100. Larry McMurtry. Literary Life: A Second Memoir.[NF]

101. Louis Erdich. The Red Convertible. [SS]

102. George Singleton. The Half-Mammals of Dixie. [SS]

103. Craig Johnson. The Cold Dish.

104. Troy Henderson. Lake Superior Country: 19th Century Travel and Tourism. [NF]

105. John Dunning. The Sign of the Book.

106. Joseph Heywood. Horseblankets. [SS MS]

107. Bonnie Jo Campbell. Once Upon A River.

108. Olen Steinhauer. Liberation Movements.

109. Olen Steinhauer. The Tourist.

110. Olen Steinhauer. Victory Square.

111. Olen Steinhauer. 36 Yalta Boulevard.

112. Jeffrey Eugenides. Middlesex.

113. James Thompson. Snow Angels.

114. Stieg Larsson. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

115. Stieg Larsson. The Girl Who Played With Fire.

116. Stieg Larsson. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

117. Olen Steinhauer. The Confesssion.

118. Anon.  Goetzville-Raber-Lime Island: 1879-1979. [NF]

119. Jill Lowe Brumwell. Drummond Island: History, Folklore and Early People [NF]

25 Oct

Fall Flying & We’re Still Here.

Predictions of the end of the world for Oct. 21 turned out to once again be wrong. Good turnout that night at Kazoo Books, where I read new short stories. Last night Lonnie and I were at Eagles Aerie in Grayling  for a talk to the Fraternal Order of Police lodge. Another good turnout; the folks from  Saturn Books came down from Gaylord to sell books. This coming Saturday we’ll  be at Books and More in downtown Albion, where I will read short stories and sign books. And then we’re done for a while with public book activities as I prep for fall DNR patrols, which I’m looking forward to.  Mostly I’ll be back to work on the next projects. We thought about trout fishing the AuSable River yesterday afternoon, but winds up to 30 mph and right down the river’s chute made that less than desirable. This morning it was 31 and drizzling: In a boat, it would have been an excellent  day for chucking big streamers for big browns. Wading? Not so much. We had rain off and on all the way home. Thunderstorms tonight, the dog is trembling.

Word came from old MSU lacrosse teammate Joe Sutschek that he has finally retired. We wish  him well. The 50th anniversary of Michigan State University lacrosse is coming up in 2013 and Joe and the rest of our teammates will gather to celebrate that milestone. Over.

21 Oct

Summer Memories

Today’s another world ending day, though it doesn’t seem to have arrived. Interview with Zinta Aistars was on WMUK this morning. Reading at Kazoo Books tonight at 7. Photos forthwith. Over.

God in His Two Hearted

Light Exploded

Trouble Above

Mirror World

Sky Fire

Lonnie's Rainbow on Bill's Peninsula

Beer-Butt Clucky Dinner

On the Road to the upper Two Hearted.

Beach Bones

Bald eagle feathers. These we turned into a CO to forward to the Native American Repository (Depository) that dispenses all eagle feathers to Native Americans. Sharp-eyed Jambe Longue and Shanny found these. The bottom one seems to be from a 3rd or 4th years bird, the top one from a younger animal. Bald eagles' tails ahnd heads turn entirely white inyear four. Until then they are sort of splotchy. The more white, the older they're likely to be.

21 Oct

DNR History Bits

Original revolvers issued to Michigan Conservation Officers, starting in 1938. Before this officers had to buy their own weapon and apply for a concealed weapon permit from their county.

Antique examines antique. The revolver is only five years older than yours truly.

18 Oct

Woods Cop Training

I happened to stop by the District 2 DNR office in Newberry one morning, looking to use the files.

Law Secretary Michelle Zellars said, “Hey, what’re you doing today?”

“Putzing in files, why?”

“Training, they need help with a first aid scenario.”

“Count me in.”

Off we went to the high school, where Pat McManus briefed me in, then hauled me back out to a site near the range where they set me up. The scenario is this. A frantic woman calls the county. She’s stumbled across a bloody man in the woods and she asks for help. When the CO arrives on the scene he finds a bloody man — holding a very big bloody knife, and so first aid must wait until the armed man is disarmed. My briefer told me to force each officer to at least touch his handgun in order to enforce me dropping the weapon. And away we went. Patrick took the photos. It was a great scenario and I even managed to get a fine short story out of the day.

CO Jerry Fitzgibbon makes it clear that I should drop the knife. Which I do.

Big Mike Hamill finds me with the knife and firmly suggests I put down the weapon. It's like getting a directive from King Kong.

Michelle Zellars (R) is playing the woman swho reported the bloody man and once the officers are on scene she proceeds to complicate matters by screaming she'll put the whole think on YouTube. Here CO Kellie Nightlinger tells her to back off. Michelle was so pesky that CO Hammill cuffed her and hauled her off the scene.

18 Oct

Summer Pix

Bird-Watcher With Fuel

Here we see if blog will upload pix. By the way, WMUK interview did not air this morning. No idea why. I’m rusty at this blog-deal.

 

 

 

Upstream on the Big Two Hearted

Not-So-Smiley's Smallie

Smiley's Smallie

Looks like rain over the Two Hearted

Rock Garden Closeup

Beach Bones

Mr. Brown Eyes

Interior Decoration

What waders do when you aren't watching...

Craneflies...uh...courting?

15 Oct

Corrections & More Information

Whoops, sorry, I’m speaking at Books and More in Albion on October 29, not duh..August 29. Did taped interview with Zinta Aistars for WMUK Arts and More this afternoon. The interview will air on WMUK-FM (102.1) at 0750 on Tuesday, Oct 18, and same time on Friday, Oct 21.  Moo You 28, U of M 14. Bohoo x4. Over.

15 Oct

It Returneth to Bloggery

Well, it’s been wee long, but Jambe Longues and I returned yesterday from five months in the U.P. Will tell tales eventually. Blog was mired in the broke-down-bin from July, just fixed as we returned. Lon is doing well with her post-surgery and cancer. Her Tamoxofen threw a heap of side effects at her and after phone consultation with doc, she went off it. She comes from a family which is historically supersensitive to drug therapies. She and doctor will decide next step, but she’s feisty and got her strength back. It was a fine spring,summer, and fall up north. Hard to come back, but I have no interest in demonstrating machonessity vs old man (old woman?) winter worse than what we endure here. Lots of great pix to come in weeks ahead. As usual blogging will be sporadic as I do other book-related things. This summer got bunch of poems written, and more than 2 dozen short stories, which I will soon start to clean up for submission to my publisher. We caught some fish — smallies, brookies, and cohos– and found gobs of agates. It’s taken three years but we finally think we know what agates actually are and we are doing a more comprehensive culling job. Hope everyone had a good summer. Force of Blood is at book stores now. Next one is about oneturdone.  Got radio interview taping this afternoon at WMUK-FM at WMU. The interview with Zinta Aistairs will be broadcast Tuesday and Friday morning, not sure of times, but will post when I find out. Friday night there is reading/signing at Kazoo Books here in town. I’ll be reading some of the short stories written this summer. And on Oct. 24th I’m speaking to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Grayling, the meeting to be held at the Elks Lodge. It’s open to the public. Hamburger dinner is at six. I’ll speak around 7. And on August 29th, 1100-1400, we’ll be at Books & More in Albion. I will read short stories there, and sign too.Would  say here youse enjoy some some pix, but dis t’ing just say me picture not allowed on account security reasons (unspecified, of course). Da usual b.s. from da computer world, eh? Any other t’ings we buy and use in our lives be out of business in t’ree weeks with such garbagolic reliability, lack of human info. Bah humbug.  Hope you had great summers. Hey Sevie, Mike & Max: hold down da fort up there, boys. Over

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