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“An Afternoon Pipe”

“Snapshot Saturday”

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The Wisdom of Long Ago

One-by-one, five blue jays hollered. A chipping sparrow bobbed up-and-down on an autumn olive sprig. Its beak opened, but the blue-jay ruckus overpowered this tiny, forest tenant’s “chip, chip, chip, chip, chip…” The constant “JAY! JAY! JAY! JAY! JAY!” intensified … Continue reading

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Drafting a new meaning

Canada geese ceased honking at the first shot. A few minutes later a second shot, which sounded like it came from the far hillside, echoed up and down the River Raisin. An anxious thumb rubbed the Northwest gun’s jaw screw. … Continue reading

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The Slow Stalk Back…

A bending, hesitant foreleg hinted. A second rising, then falling hoof removed suspicion. Despite the hazy cloak of small snowflakes filtering earthward, the deer’s faint outline became all too obvious in the snow-clad tangle of twigs and cedar boughs. Another … Continue reading

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Temptation Teased…

Temptation teased. Three broad green blades of prairie grass rolled between sweaty palms. A greasy, blackened thumb pressed the tangled ball into the Northwest gun’s muzzle. The young turkey’s gray pate again popped up in the deep grass and yellowing … Continue reading

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An Existence Based on Survival

Silence invoked a peaceful solace. Snowflakes drifted. Subdued yellows backlit the oaks and cedars on the far hill. A broken-over sedge grass leaf, brown and wispy, twitched. On the west side of the big swamp, out in front of a … Continue reading

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“The Ax’s Last Blow”

“Snapshot Saturday”

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“Encouraging the Match”

“Snapshot Saturday”

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