Cow wanderlust

Cow wanderlust

  Hallam Arthurʼs cattle didnʼt really intend to wander so far, but their hooves just naturally kept pointing away from the home pasture. A diary kept by Hallamʼs daughter tells the story: “Cows gone in the morning. Pa looked for them until 2 p.m.” It was bovine wanderlust. The world beckoned, and they responded. They … Continue reading

The Ice Man

The Ice Man

  Heʼs traveled to some of the most remote and toughest spots in the world: Afghan war zones, Somalia, a Taliban training camp, the slums of Bogota, the barren deserts of restive western China. He always keeps his cool. Heʼs called “The Ice Man.” Heʼs a professional assassin. He slips into the worldʼs trouble spots, … Continue reading

Water and sky

Water and sky

For Cloud Mother it was the moment of parting. Fluffy young cotton balls that she had birthed danced around her as they prepared to leave home. Cloud Mother was thinner now. Her shadow was growing faint. Still, she was happy under springʼs warming sun, even as it destroyed her. Her essence was needed elsewhere, over … Continue reading

Followership

Followership

  Aiden Christopher will probably never be elected class president. He’s a born follower, and his parents could not be prouder. “He marches to other peopleʼs drummers and heʼll always be happiest doing that,” said his mother, Laura. “His favorite game is follow the leader.” At age 2, while waiting with his mother for a … Continue reading

A vulture’s viewpoint

A vulture’s viewpoint

High in the summer sky we float gracefully on updrafts our sharp eyes seeking dead flesh we can rip apart and carry to our young Who greet us with shrill cries as they wait high on a cliff in their bone-strewn nest and grab at meat scraps laid before them like rare steak You should … Continue reading

Chicken biggggg

Chicken biggggg

Her Mom read the Chicken Little story to her every single night. Daphne thought it was dumb! When I grow up, I’m gonna be BIG, Daphne thought to herself, though she was too polite to say so to her mother, who obviously enjoyed the story and thought very highly of it. “I’m gonna be big, … Continue reading

Witch at the window

Witch at the window

First glance: No big deal. Just your ordinary witch, looking out a window. But whoa! Sheʼs got no face – itʼs a skeleton. Can that be? Was she cursed? Had she stopped eating her oatmeal? What DO witches eat? I didnʼt know whether to run, call 911 to give her medical help, or … what … Continue reading