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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Daddy was never much for boat fishing, as far as I can tell. I imagine he did it a few times, but I don’t ever recall seeing anyone towing a boat into our driveway.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

As the ground slowly warms, the smell of freshly-turned earth begins to waft over the mountains. It’s hard to describe – a mix of the smell you get when earthworms surface after a rain and of, well, life lying dormant ready for another season.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Were I asked what I wanted my last meal to be, I’d have answer one of the following:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

It’s a curious world and seems to be more curious still as we settle into October, the month of haints, omens and portents here in the mountains.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

A video circulated a few weeks back on YouTube showing a group of young ’uns, the current generation that has technical prowess unmatched in human history when it comes to communications technology, attempting to use a rotary phone.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Wednesday, September 05, 2018

One of the sights I enjoyed most in my youth was the browning of the cornstalks in the garden. It was a sign harvest was winding down, which meant Mother wouldn’t be turning the kitchen into a blast furnace during canning season much longer.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018

It was a summer full of odd jobs, from cleaning restrooms at the Community Service Center to cleaning the trash piled up around Dumpsters from people with poor aim and/or discount garbage bags that fell apart at the seams, spreading their contents to ripen in the heat, awaiting Jim and his p…

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A couple of co-workers were discussing wild mushrooms the other day. These folks know what’s what in the fungi world, and have been consuming this year’s crop with great gusto. Me, I stay away from mushrooms in the wild because I assume they’re all deadly poisonous, and only eat what I buy i…

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Mountain people have frugality embedded in their DNA. I suppose that’s a good thing, because most mountain people had little other than the land the lived on to rely on in their life’s journey.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Mother’s Day is Sunday, a day to appreciate those who raised us, mentored us. It’s a time to appreciate the mothers still with us and to appreciate what carries on inside us from mothers since departed.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

April was the traditional start of fishing season here in the mountains, a chance to dip a line after a long winter off the rivers and creeks in the area. My family participated in that annual ritual, and being a family of outdoorsmen enjoyed it, but Daddy decided he’d try a shortcut: Become…

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The stock market is going up and down like a yo-yo again – more down than up of late – and that brings up a tale of a leading economic indicator: horses.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The arrival of warmer weather kind of went in steps back in the day. The garden got plowed, speculation about when the ramps would hit began. But perhaps the most anticipated step of all was the opening day of fishing season.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I suppose it was the inevitable result of a mix of the outdoorsman craze of the 1960s and 70s (Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett) mixed in with comic book heroes, a dash of Bible study and the rise of ninja movies, but the thought occurred to me that we had an awful lot of handmade weaponry ba…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As I’ve aged I’ve always sort of looked forward to winter. With no yard to mow or weeds to whack, winter generously hands a day of the week back to me, which I spend on enriching pastimes like watching football till my eyeballs roll out of my skull.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Last week’s snow had us all breaking out winter gear we hadn’t worn in quite a while, and gave us a moment to reflect on how we dealt with the white stuff in days of old.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I have a pretty good imagination, and I like science fiction, but have a tough time putting myself in the head of folks who fall for the fiction that folks are falling for out there these days.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017