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A turtle found the perfect place to keep cool Thursday afternoon, June 16...a nice spot in the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
On the first day of summer...weather prognosticators gave to me...temperatures that didn’t look like they were going to be as hot as had been expected...and didn’t look like they were going to be as hot as they were last week. Before we chat about the weather...did you happen to see that a shrink-...
Saw these kitties last Saturday evening in the big city, not far from downtown Anna, where the Annabelle Festival was happening. Just for the sake of the moment, we’ll call the grayish kitty Annabelle. Kitty, as kitties do, tolerated a photo or two.
Goodness, gracious, it sure has been H-O-T in our little corner of the world... Monday night, I waited until the sun had gone down and things were a little bit “cooler.” I wanted to see the strawberry supermoon, too. As hot as it was, I figured the strawberry supermoon would have been accompanied...
Are you looking at me? As a matter of fact, yes. Saw this white-tailed deer hanging around near the State Forest Road Sunday evening. The critter was kind enough to pose for a couple of photographs.
Surprise... Under “normal” circumstances, you would have found this column on the back page of the paper. However, due to other obligations, the “normal” back page is not the back page this week... back to “normal” next week, I think... Sometimes, a person just has to wander off to the woods......
Ahoy there, maties... there be “Dinosaur Pirates” afoot at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna... aarghhh...
Dinosaurs...and rainbows...all in one day... Wednesday morning, on the 25th day of the fifth month of 2022, yours truly paid a visit to Stinson Memorial Library in Anna.  Back in the Before Times, my weekly routine included a visit to Stinson Memorial Library on Wednesdays. Then the plague arrived...
A sure sign that warm weather has arrived...yours truly saw a dragonfly during a walkabout one day last week along the banks of a pond of the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
Some special advice shared with me recently came to mind after I stood out in the dark last Sunday night and watched a total eclipse of the moon.  I hope you had an opportunity to watch the eclipse. Especially the part of the eclipse when the color of the moon changed to a reddish-orange. It did....
Smug furry critter spotted in backyard...
Can a groundhog be self-confidently smug? I’m pretty sure the roundish rodent we saw one day during the past week was pretty smug. The Other Half happened to see the critter while looking out the back door. The groundhog appeared to be taking a break on the deck in front of the shed in our backyard...
The adventures of a bird...with a piece of paper...on a windy day in April...
Persistent. As defined in “Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language...The Everyday Encyclopedic Edition...Enlarged From The Concise Edition,” persistent is “1. continuing, especially in the face of opposition, etc.; stubborn. 2. continuing to exist or endure. 3. constantly repeated;...
A peaceful pose...on a chilly April morning...a Canada goose did not seem to be bothered much by light frozen precipitation which was falling from the sky last Friday at a pond in Union County land.
Some folks...actually a lot of folks...don’t like snakes much... I suppose it all goes back to that little encounter in the garden that involved our good friend Eve, an apple (or some other form of fruit) and a serpent (that was crafty, cunning and subtle). As you may remember, yours truly has no...
This little critter was showing a spirit of determination when it was spotted during a recent visit to the little gem of a park in Jonesboro which the photographer frequents. Please notice that the turtle was not using a cellphone at the time the photo was taken.
Tuesday morning, as yours truly was preparing for the daily journey to The Paragraph Factory, I happened to notice that everyone was taking a morning nap... The Other Half...taking a nap. Cat one...taking a nap. Cat two...taking a nap. Cat three...taking a nap. It was like the night before...
'Almost heaven'...and some other places, too
Went for a walk last Sunday afternoon... Saw a fellow traveler on The Journey Through Life. His pace was much faster than mine, in that he was jogging and I was...not... Based on previous encounters...his jogging was in terms of miles...while my walking was in terms of...blocks... Meanwhile... John...

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