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Signs of the time...information about COVID-19 vaccines could be seen last Sunday afternoon in front of the Banterra Center on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Wow. Seemed like we hadn’t seen this place in about a year. And that would be absolutely true. We had not seen this place in a year. We’re talking about Carbondale. The home of the university where the two of us met. The home of the hospital where both of our kids were born. The home of many...
Russian steppes? Nyet. Church steps. As in steps in front of the Jonesboro United Methodist Church. Took the photograph last Thursday morning, in the midst of our most recent Ice Age.
One day last week, I looked out the window and thought about heading out to the shed in our backyard and getting out the lawn mower. Just because.  Of course, there were more than a few challenges to that silly notion. For one thing, I’m not sure I could even get to the shed safely. And, if I could...
A woodpecker of some sort, on the left, was having a chat with a pair of cardinals on one of our recent bitterly cold afternoons here on Planet Earth. Sorry your writer is not more of an “expert” when it comes to identifying birds.
At the time this column was being crafted late last Saturday morning, the temperature on the front porch of our humble abode was a nippy 14 degrees.  That, I suppose, would be very nice, if we happened to be at the North Pole. Or the South Pole. Or, maybe, on the planet Mars. And that thought got...
One morning last week, while on the way to The Paragraph Factory, I happened to see this large bird, with a white head, in a tree...in town...
Once again this week...a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... I am so glad (he wrote sarcastically) that Tom Brady won another Super Bowl. By the way, in keeping with tradition, I have once again used the words “Super Bowl” without the express written consent of the National Football...
The image of a Canada goose was reflected in the calm water of a pond on a cold winter morning in a natural setting in Jonesboro.
As you may recall, this writer likes to read. Books. Periodicals. If I still ate cereal for breakfast, I would find joy in reading the side of the box. Last weekend, one of the things I happened to read was an article which appeared in a periodical that showed up in the mail. It arrived late last...
A pair of killdeer (or maybe a pair of killdeers) were seen walking along, and on, the railroad tracks in metropolitan Cobden on a cold January afternoon.
This week, let’s start with a grammar question: If the plural of deer is deer, is the plural of killdeer killdeer? Common sense, which seems to be a rare commodity these days, might suggest that more than one killdeer would be killdeer. That is said based on the notion that more than one white-...
Frozen in time? This turtle was seen in the water at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro on the final day of 2020.
A few weeks ago, way back in the final days of 2020, I shared a photograph of a turtle in this space. At the time, I figured the image would be that last one of a turtle that you folks would get to see for 2020.  The photograph was taken at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in...
This may be how some of us feel about the way the year 2020 has unfolded...
OK folks...is anybody, as in anybody, out there disappointed to see the squirrely year 2020 coming to an end?  I’m guessing that if you are one of those folks, you just might see the glass as more than half full...and overflowing... Meanwhile... ...so many things to ponder...and so little space...
June 2
Can you believe it? When it comes to the year 2020, we’re down to this week...and next week. I’m guessing that it’s pretty safe to say that not many people will be disappointed to say farewell to this year... In keeping with a tradition which began several years ago, this week we’re sharing some of...
A while back, I hinted that you might have seen the last photograph of a turtle for 2020. Forgive me. Can’t help myself. Especially if I see one of the cold-blooded critters on the 10th day of December. Just did not seem right. Then again, not much of anything about 2020 has seemed right. Right?
PART 1 At the time this was started, my laptop informed me that it was 3:19 PM...then 3:20 PM...time flies, I suppose... Whatever the time happened to be, I happened to be sitting outside...on the stoop of the porch which wraps around the front of our house... ...oops...excuse me just a moment......

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