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Rocky Raccoon, the solo act, wandered across the street from an entertainment venue in downtown Cobden last Saturday evening, made its way to a tree, climbed the tree and posed for a couple of photographs.
The Rocky Raccoon Magical Mystery Tour rolled right up to our front porch a couple of times last week...and made another appearance a block or so away over the weekend... If you happen to be of a “certain age,” you may be familiar with the song “Rocky Raccoon,” which was sung by some obscure...
Saw the bear...at the fair...and the deer over there (next to Anna City Hall)...
Nothing ever happens around here... Excuse me for just a moment... I sat down a few minutes ago to craft this week’s masterpiece...and managed to get a sentence or two out of the way when I heard a clatter out on the front porch... With flashlight in hand, I looked out the “front” door, which is...
Bright lights in the big city...well...bright lights in the village. The photograph was taken during a stroll to the Cobden Peach Festival...and back home again...on a nice night in August.
August has been a good time to take a walk or two... Then again, I pretty much see each and every day as a good day for a walk. For the most part, my walks are rather predictable, at least in terms of the places the journey takes me. With that being said, I did embark on a couple of adventures...
The Sturgeon supermoon...as it appeared in the sky over Union County Thursday night, August 11...at around 9 p.m.
Sometimes, when a little bit of inspiration might be needed, all you have to do is look up in the sky. That’s what I did several times during the past week or so, which meant that I got to see a supermoon...one lonely meteor...and a colorful sunset on a nice summer evening in August. Maybe you...
Turkey Day is...
Bob was not a happy camper. Somehow, Bob got a look at the column which yours truly had written for this week. I did not know he had computer skills, but it did not surprise me. Honestly, I do not know how or when he found the original column for this week. Cats are like that, though. Just when you...
Let’s say you are a tiny rodent. A field mouse, maybe. You’re out looking for something to munch on for lunch. You sense something overhead. You look up. You see this. The hawk was looking for lunch, too. The raptor was seen overhead, on display, at the Giant City State Park visitors center.
So much to write about. That, I suppose, is a good thing. So little time. Maybe not so good. For various reasons, the last couple of weeks were a bit of a challenge when it came time to craft some sort of world salad culinary masterpiece. Thanks to a couple of visitors from the south and east, we...
This is the time of year when we see “Christmas in July” celebrations...so, let’s join the fun...with a little bit of help from this month’s “supermoon.”
Bob and I were sitting on the porch swing last Sunday evening in the 94 percent humidity. The air we were attempting to breath was as thick as the proverbial pea soup. You really could see the air. At the time, I was trying to figure out something at least vaguely interesting to write about for...
An armadillo apparently was out for a stroll in the “cool” of the evening on Tuesday, July 5. Do you suppose an armadillo notices when the heat index is 120 degrees?
This week, we’re going to be kind of short and sweet... we’ll start with a math problem... 74 plus 84 equals...an unpleasant evening sitting on the porch swing. At the time...about 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, the humidity was 74 percent, according to the fancy, high-tech thermometer on our front...
These photos are for the birds. Sorry. Spent too much time out in the heat...
For no particular reason, let’s start this week with a couple of “interesting” headlines I happened to see scrolling through the BBC News app on Monday... “Root hits 50 as England pass 200-3, chasing 378...”  “North Korea claims Covid arrived on ‘alien things...” I wonder if the two news stories...
Spotted this critter, a rare Fuzzy Wuzzy Squirrel, during a brief visit to the park in Jonesboro last Friday morning.
 Wandering around in the dark, an encounter with an unexpected critter and a well-fed varmint highlighted your writer’s otherwise dull and relatively uneventful Journey Through Life during the past week... Before we get to the “good stuff,” just a couple of thoughts about our late, great primary...

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