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Moose, a dog (the one on the left), is now Dr. Moose, and still a dog. Moose is a therapy dog at Virginia Tech. In the picture, Dr. Moose is with the HokieBird. HokieBird is Virginia Tech’s official mascot. Guess that makes HokieBird an okee, dokee bird. By the way, did you know (I didn’t, until Friday, that there’s a bluegrass/American roots children’s music duo from Minneapolis called the Okee Dokee Brothers? In 2012, the duo released a CD/DVD called “Can You Canoe?” The CD/DVD was created during a paddle
It would be kind of tough these days to not have any friends. That’s why I visited with Bearnard one day last week. We’ll get back to Bearnard in just a bit...if you’ll bear with me, I wanted to share a “feel good” story I ran across one day recently on the internet. Once, since it was on the...
If you can’t get outside these days, use your imagination a little bit and pretend you are under a canopy of leaves on a tree growing along the Quetil Trail in Alto Pass.
Thank goodness for the little things...and some of the big things, too... These days, it sure seems like the little things mean a lot. For example, last Friday morning, yours truly made a quick visit to one of our local retailers. Had to pick up a few essentials...as in Goldfish crackers. As I...
The “super” “Full Flower Moon,” as it appeared in the night sky over Union County on Wednesday, May 6. The space.com website shared that “NASA says this will be the last supermoon of 2020 after a string of larger-than-usual moons early in the year, in February, March and April.” Guess that means the rest of the full moons for 2020 will just be dull and boring.
WARNING: This week’s column is unusually long, which might suggest that it is unusually good...or maybe just more unusual than usual...so...off we go...  ...two bees...or not two bees... ...that is not a question...just an observation. We saw two bees buzzing around on clover in our front yard last...
A bird...a swallow, we believe, in its nest...
Dear readers: Hi. How are you doing? Well, I hope. This week, we are going to have “the talk.” Yup. The birds. And the bees. Well, a “B.” And a bug, too. First, I wanted to mention my crazy fantasy to do just like Forrest Gump did in the movie of the same name, at least in the sense of going for a...
Looked up...and look at what was looking down...while out wandering around one evening last week, I could hear a couple of owls calling back and forth. Managed to get a photograph of one of ‘em.
This week, a bird, bird, bird is the word...because, well, everybody knows that the bird is the word... ...sorry...just thought you might like to see some photographs of birds I’ve seen while out wandering around during the past couple of weeks... Meanwhile...  ...as if there wasn’t already enough...
We’ll just call the images on this page kind of a collage featuring some of the latest photographs of foxes which were taken while the guy with a camera was out wandering around. At least you don’t have to look at a photograph of a snake again.
Just a bit of a note to start this week...to the driver of the pickup truck who passed a school bus which had stopped to deliver meals...that’s all... My buddy Bob continues to very helpful while I am doing some of the work at home stuff. Bob, as you may recall, is one of our cats. One day last...
We’re sharing this image for the very simple reason that we just happen to like snakes. I’m guessing that most folks don’t think that a snake is anywhere near as cute as a young fox.
This week, how about a challenge for all you song writers out there? See if you can up with some sort of lyrical expression about Al Kaline and John Prine. Maybe a song about the two of them, with a little bit of the coronavirus thrown in, just because. I’m guessing that a lot of folks around our...
Aren’t they cute? Sure they are. Spotted these young foxes while wandering around last Friday evening. Don’t really want to say where we saw them.
Life goes on...even in the drive-thru lane...but you might have to wait for a little while... ...just like you are going to have to wait for this to get to wherever this might be going...that’s because like so many other things these days, we’re not quite sure where things might be going... ...let’...
Normal? Can’t tell you the answer to that one. “Normally,” I would not expect to see turtles and Canada geese hanging out together on a log, but, there they were. Social distancing, however, did not seem to be a concern for these critters.
Normal, it would seem, at least for now, involves a pair of blue gloves when you make a visit to the bank. Normal also involves a couple of rather important words: “social distancing.”  Normal involves being screened by answering a series of questions about your life and health when you make what...
Is this a GOAT or the G.O.A.T.?
This week, we’re going to talk a little bit about February coming to an end, unexpected things which happen on The Journey Through Life and a vaguely remote connection with Tom Brady. February came to an end over the weekend. This year, we were even lucky to have one more day in the shortest month...

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