Don’t Feed the Bear

They never heard the grizzly bear When he approached in the dark of night. "Give me all of your food." He said. "And everything will be all right." So they emptied their burlaps of bacon and beans To dispel the threat from the beast. He gorged his belly and let go a belch, Then promptly…

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WORLD SERIES 2017 WINNER HOPEFULS

The World Series could end with an Houston Astros win tonight in Game # 6 in Los Angeles. They currently lead the series 3-2 against the LA Dodgers. If you missed watching Game # 5 on Sunday, you missed perhaps the best game ever played. I've been a fan most of my life and have…

For Love of God and Country

Twenty thousand lights Shone brightly that night As their voices were singing Through the air they were ringing For love of  God and country.   "God bless America Land that I love Stand beside her And guide her Through the night With the light from above."   Then the one without a soul Who had…

New Aviary Additions

From my Mandarins Spring hatch on July 1, 2017, I had 4 males and 1 female survive. Mandarins bond in pairs and remain true to their mate, so I had a dilemma as to how to solve the imbalance. I could keep one male and female and sell the extra 3 males, however there is…

The Love in Raising Mandarin Ducks

I fell in love with Mandarin ducks three years ago. They are different from the domestic Welch Harlequins, Black East Indies and Blue Runners I raised. They are beautiful in flight. Their voices are the familiar voices of wild birds, not quacking of farm ducks. The males whistle in everyday expression. When they are courting…

Hummingbirds

Today was overcast, but very pleasant with temperatures in the 70's. I took my time with outdoor chores, and when I rested upon the swing, below our wisteria-covered arbor, I got a surprise visit from a male and female ruby-throated hummingbird. They were squabbling over the six feeders hanging from an umbrella frame I had…

Pete and Ronald Reagan

I could never say of my human children that one was my favorite. I break the rule with my furry ones. Of the five dogs we own, Pete has always been number one. He was the first of the five, born November 2, 2006. I acquired him along with his mate, Sassy, when they were…

Weekend Tragedy in Texas

Saturday, April 29 2017, was a day the local weather stations had issued weather alerts about throughout northeast Texas several days before. Severe thunderstorms with the possibility of tornadoes are broadcast seemingly weekly during spring. This year natives, like myself, had become desensitized to the alerts. Most of the "severe storms" had not developed past simply…

Veiled Treasures of Spring

Rural East Texas and all her inhabitants seem to awaken from barren winter all at once. Small buds arise from naked branches. Green grass carpets begin to form and wildflowers start to line the winding back roads of country dwellings. The nature lover in me starts to stir and my brain becomes filled with plans of vegetable gardens and flower…