Rural scenes

Rural scenes

Thing about living in the boonies is you have to accept tradeoffs. It’s a long drive to the supermarket. And a longer drive to the many offerings of the city. Sometimes we miss that great bookstore or fun restaurants and coffee places and museums and parades and all that. But you are repaid in wildflower-covered meadows, grazing … Continue reading

Texas roundup

Texas roundup

It is not yet universally accepted by scientists, but humans and prehistoric animals walked the earth together 275 million years ago. Tex “Butterfingers” Rawlings was rawhide tough and he had to be. Times werenʼt easy in the Permian. The planet kept shaking after the continents merged to become the single great landmass named Pangaea. And it … Continue reading

The perils of plurals

The perils of plurals

Pluralizing. It sounds like something the stricter churches would condemn. But even pastors do it, sometimes regularly, sometimes irregularly. When little kids and foreigners stumble over plurals, we have no reason to laugh. Theyʼre just trying to follow the rules. Itʼs the rules (or lack thereof) that should draw the guffaws. Pluralizing is what we … Continue reading

Heavy lifting on this job

Heavy lifting on this job

They’re fascinating, these one-armed beasts that lift tons with ease. You hold your breath as you watch a skilled crane operator carefully maneuver loads to just the precise spot desired, often with other workers standing only a few feet away. Cranes intrigue people. In Wisconsin, a man was taken in by police after he climbed a nine-story … Continue reading

The big move

The big move

They say every life has its up periods and its down periods. The move to Maine two years ago in the middle of winter was destined to be one of the down times for this family of five. They had been moving every two or three years as Dad seeks increasingly responsible positions. He’s an … Continue reading