Category Archives: General

“…the next best choice…”

Two sizable flocks of Canada geese fed in the small pasture the previous night. An hour before, well to the west, the birds cupped their wings. A stiff east wind aided a gentle, almost mystical, descent. The geese took flight … Continue reading

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No Need for the Hunter’s Prayer

Damp, melting snow pitter patted. The constant dripping sounded like a slow, steady drizzle. Hardwoods populate the lower two-thirds of the west slope of the long ridge. An unusual abundance of brown leaves remained on the branches and twigs. White … Continue reading

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MacMillan’s Cove Revisited…

A Brief Introduction: The Lost Word Writers Group’s annual Halloween “open microphone night” is tonight at the Carnegie Branch of the Jackson District Library. All genres are represented, but as one might expect, horror writing rules the evening. The LWWG … Continue reading

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“Make it to the woods…”

Time slipped away this week, modern time that is. The same happened three weeks ago. Thoughts of grouse cartwheeling from a glorious cloud of white sulfurous stench oozed into oblivion with nary a flush, but perhaps with the utterance of … Continue reading

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The Still-Hunt Back

“West, maybe a tad southwest,” a wilderness tenant whispered to his hunting companion. To the east, a hunt-battered Northwest gun leaned against a lichen encrusted jack pine. The smoothbore’s butt rested on the damp leaves and pressed against the woodsman’s … Continue reading

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A quiet “maybe…”

“Grrr…Rrrreerrr…ssskkktttt…” A growling, spitting protest filled the darkened glade. “Rrrowwl…ssskkttt…urrrr…” The second outburst sounded defensive. Three rounds marked the wilderness altercation between two unseen raccoons, then the forest returned to a divine, pre-dawn silence. A solitary mosquito buzzed about; the … Continue reading

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Sometimes Progress Appears Slow

Chocolate cake sounded good for breakfast. A half piece seemed sufficient, followed by a few plump, fresh strawberries. The cake is a week old, nursed along in “halves” and “quarters” and a few “slivers.” I ate this breakfast with a … Continue reading

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Ornery Beyond Common Civility…

The last month or so has been really busy, beyond belief, really. Between the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s Spring National Shoot, covering several Michigan black powder shooting events, including the Old Northwest Primitive Rendezvous, and trying to deal with … Continue reading

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