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...nope, this isn’t a bear...or a squirrel...but it is a mammal...a rabbit, to be sure...which was having a grass salad for an afternoon snack...(I was really hopping, um, make that hoping, to get a picture of a squirrel snacking at one of our bird feeders.)...I was pretty sure that I would NOT get a picture of a bear snacking at one of our bird feeders...
Once again this week, we’ll have a little bit of this...and a little bit of that...just bear with me... ...in the “at least we don’t have to worry about this” category... ...yours truly read last week in USA TODAY that the Department of Fish & Wildlife in Vermont was urging people “to take down...
  It was Friday, the weather was beautiful, I had just gotten paid, it was my lunch break and I was on my way to the bank.  I’d decided to walk in order to enjoy the warm weather. I took a shortcut across the tracks and was headed down East Vienna when a white SUV with government plates appeared...
A fellow traveler on The Journey Through Life shared this picture of many bald eagles which were seen in a tree along Route 3 in Union County.
It probably wasn’t a good thing to write this when all of my cylinders weren’t firing. Anyway, here we go... Yours truly spent a good portion of last week as a member of the Malady of the Month Club. Membership benefits included coughing, hacking, a bit of a low-grade fever, three nights without...
Flattering portrait? Nope. Especially if you happen to be a goose. Oh, well.
Oh, no, you’re saying to yourself, not more bird pictures. And they are gooses...again... ...even better, they are gooses cabooses. A number of years ago, another traveler on The Journey Through Life suggested that we stop using so many photographs of white-tailed deer in the newspaper. My thought...
Saturday afternoon...fallen brown leaves of autumn surrounded some yellow daffodils which were in bloom last Saturday afternoon in Cobden...
March 4, 2018 Mr. Old Man Winter North Pole Alaska, USA 00000   Dear Mr. Winter, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Let me begin by asking: Do you have a calendar in front of you? Did you know that it is March in Southern Illinois? I ask these questions because when I was...
A view of Clear Creek from a bridge on Morgan School Road.
At the time this was started, on a Sunday afternoon, even more precipitation was falling from the sky.  I could tell it was precipitating by looking online. After all, that’s where we find out about EVERYTHING nowadays. Right?  Oh, I also looked out the window. Yup. It was raining. At least the...
Brrrr, brrrr, brrrr, lookin’ out my front door. Snow was falling Wednesday night, Jan. 30, in our little  corner of the world. Which was surprising. According to the forecast, the snow should not have been falling south of the Union-Jackson county line. I’m just sayin’...
This week, we’ll start with apologies to John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Buck Owens, all of the folks out there who know how to write lyrics to a song, and anybody and everybody who likes good music...   Just got home in Illinois, freezin’ cold outdoors, oh boy! Tried to sit down, take...
Your photographer was just a bit disappointed to find bags of garbage in an otherwise very beautiful area not far from Anna.
Let’s start off this week with an item from the “I’m kind of jealous” category... ...if you can believe what you see online (and that would be practically everything...right?)...a friend had an opportunity to meet John Prine... ...moving on...with an item from the “This is kind of sad” category...
This was the view from the front porch of the photographer’s abode just as the snow started to fall last Saturday afternoon...the house is less than a block away...
Sometimes, some ideas are, well, kind of dumb... ...we’ll get back to being dumb in a word or two. And trust me, your writer is an expert at being dumb. Before we get to that, just a couple of thoughts... ...so the New England Patriots are back in the Big Game. Again. And they will be playing the...
Just a guess, but this photograph appears to have been taken during Anna’s big centennial celebration, which was in 1954. Somebody had scribbled “The settlers arrive” on the back of the photo. “Conyer’s Studio  313 1/2 S. Main  Phone 1037-W  Anna, Illinois” was stamped, in red, on the back.
One just never knows what one might find when a clean up project starts... ...such was the story last week at The Paragraph Factory. During a bit of cleaning up and sorting, folks came across a box filled with a whole bunch of old photographs, a veritable plethora of pictures. Some other treasures...

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