Category Archives: Nature

Places I’ll show you if You’ll Promise Not to Go There

I lived in the city for more years than I’ve lived anywhere else, but now I live in the country.  Some say I live in the wilderness but that’s an exaggeration.  I live in a place where few people live … Continue reading

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When all the barns Have finally gone

  For years now I’ve been watching the barns disappear. Red Barns faded to pink and then they weathered gray.    The side boards rotted and fell away.    Roof shingles blew off.  Moss carpeted what was left.     … Continue reading

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Protecting Wolves by Throwing Them to the Wolves?

Yesterday I wrote about Opening Day for Michigan’s deer hunting season.  But yesterday was also opening day for a hunting season not seen in Michigan for almost 50 years.  Despite pushback from many different organizations, and petitions set up on … Continue reading

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Run, Bambi, Run! Man Is In The Woods

Today marks the opening of hunting season here in Michigan’s north woods.  The schools are closed in most upper state communities, including ours. Opening Day is an annual holiday for the kids, even though only a small percentage of them … Continue reading

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Frog Stories: Tales of Pursuit, Hope and Suicide

My grandson, the famous frog hunter, came up to visit this summer.  It took an entire week and a half, most of it spent being dropped in and lifted out of buckets, before our neighborhood frogs finally got smart and … Continue reading

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Rumors of Spring: Somebody’s Idea of a Bad Joke

It’s May 5 here in the Upper Peninsula  and the ice finally left our bay yesterday. Yes, I said yesterday.  There are still snow mounds in the woods–large enough to make snowmen, for God’s sake, but who thinks it’s fun … Continue reading

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