Category Archives: Nature

Broke toe on the Buffalo

It started about three years ago. One of the summers where I get together with my parents and my sister, her kids and mine, our long-suffering spouses.  The yearly family week at Lake Chicot.  My nephew must’ve been about fourteen, … Continue reading

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Squirrel on Mt. Magazine (part 3)

<– part 2 Woke up on Sunday morning around six to the sound of blackbirds.  I heard the nylon shushing sound of Squirrel shuffling awake.  He said something derogatory about birds and I unzipped the hammock. While he was sitting … Continue reading

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Squirrel on Mt. Magazine (part 2)

<– (part 1) Easing into the overflow primitive campsites on Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice the motley array taking up the far south end of the area.  A huge transport van hauling a trailer.  An old Ranger with … Continue reading

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Squirrel on Mt. Magazine (part 1)

Thursday, driving Squirrel to school, he laid his criteria down upon me.   When I pitched the initial idea of a daddy-date, I really was thinking I’d be on the hook for some animatronic pizza and maybe seeing a new Marvel … Continue reading

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Paternal Epiphany

My greatest paternal epiphany to date begins, not unusually, with Kat.  He’s been putzing out on me lately.  After two weeks of frigid monsoon April mayhem, May finally arrived like your first sane adult girlfriend and the weekend was going … Continue reading

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April showers bring mid-life crises

In between rain storms, as the clouds part enough to work in the yard, I’ve been putting the last few infrastructure touches on my garden.  Some of the seeds I put in the greenhouse last month have sprouted now, others … Continue reading

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Sprockets & Sermons

I got blood on my church shirt. Wasn’t much.  Wasn’t on purpose, but still. This Spring, it’s been impossible to get Kat to commit to a backpacking trip.  He went and got himself a new hobby, see.  We’ve done a … Continue reading

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Scones w/ Blackberry Preserves

I decided after a fun week of learning how to pickle things, I would ease back into something I’m a little more familiar with.   I had one last gallon of frozen blackberries from this summer and figured it was time … Continue reading

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November

Calling it.   The last of my summer crops has finally given in to the cold nights.  This weekend is going to bring a few 30-degree nights, I think, and even the new pods are starting to mottle brown.  The blooms … Continue reading

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Butterfield Hiking Trail – 1/2/16

(all the pictures in this entry were taken by Lucky.  I was too busy playing guide to worry with cameras) <- Day 1 After dinner, we stoked the fire and sat on the rocks surrounding it.   Now and again one … Continue reading

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