Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I live smack dab in the concentrated creamy center of the Pacific flyway. This makes me lucky.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Mockingbird Sings At Midnight

which might be spy code, but really is just what's going on right now.

except, actually, it is one.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


That morning I was out in the backyard glassesless and in my bed clothes. Which is to say, in my clothes from the day before, slept in.

The medium brown job in the northwest corner of the yard might have been any other medium brown job except it wasn't.

Turdy to my foggy warped lenses. Not a robin. I thought it might be a Varied, whom I'd been missing all winter. Except it wasn't.

The light played across my retinae like a hammer missing a nail.

It poked around the bamboo, then, over the fence and gone. Back inside I figured it out.


I must learn to appreciate these moments.

Monday, February 2, 2009


The woodchuck lived in a fairly depopulated corner of Northern Ohio. Then one day, he died. In death, this ex-woodchuck liked to hang out alongside a trail that led into a large, old field. One that had not been mowed or plowed in many, many years. Each morning I would walk past the dead marmot on my way into the field. On business. Each afternoon, I would walk back out and note that the marmot had swoll'd up just a tad bit more in the summer heat. The face was puffy and grimaced. The small limbs out-stretched in rigorous pose. The abdomen continued to bloat ominously.

One morning the groundhog was gone. In his place was a ground-hog sized puddle. A black, greasy, fetid smear. The squirrel had not been smelling very good before. Now he smelled terrible.

This was 2001 and Spanish Joe had predicted an early spring. Dunkirk Dave concurred. Punxsutawney Phil, ever the curmudgeon, called for six more weeks of winter. Anyway, though it was already July.