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Sheda’s Law

Have you heard of Murphy's Law? Of course you have, but who the heck is Murphy anyway and did those crazy things really happen to him......or her? Do you have some strange laws that have governed your life over the years. Things that just always seem to go wrong or at least awry. Things, ...

Bluebirds

First, I am not trying to posit myself as any sort of avian authority. I do however have some observations regarding the bluebird I have not read any place else.It has only been in the past few years I have noticed and paid attention to the bluebird. My loyal readers will recall I've written ...

Because it’s Easter…

Because it's Easter...I was thinking (scary, isn't it?) the other day about the spiritual temperature of our great country, the good ol' USA. The nature of God, who he is and what he does is being pressured often times into being relegated to being a "non-entity." I think this separation of ...

World according to dog

Our dogs must see us as the best hunters ever. We drive away, and in an hour or so return carrying great bags of spoils from our "hunting trip." Eggs, meat which we've carefully wrapped in paper, bags of dog biscuits, and all sort of human food are willfully removed from the trunk. What a great ...

Meatless Fridays & Johnny

Growing up in the fifties and sixties was an experience in and of itself, that's for sure. Three TV stations, AM radio, NO remote control (on anything), no microwave and on and on I can go. It was tough! And growing up in Chelsea probably was no different than any other small town around here. ...

A bird in the hand

Some bird lovers will go to extraordinary lengths to rescue a wayward flier.A frantic scratching in the stovepipe alerted me. A bird was once again held hostage in the sheet steel prison which is my heating appliance. Another rescue was in order.Experience told me this was not just any bird ...

A Burr In My Saddle…

What a heading for a column! Like I even have a saddle or a horse to put it on. Must have been 50 years since I've ridden a horse and if I remember, the two of us didn't get along very well. But as the title implies, I've got some things I need to get off my chest, so to speak. So here goes:I ...

Has spring sprung?

So what if they called for winter and it never arrived? What if the snow blowers and snow plows all collected cobwebs?The winter of 2011 2012 will go down as the one which never fully arrived. It looked through the door, tried to come in, but never mustered enough courage to enter. The Weather ...

My Movies & March Madness

I promised last week to share my favorite movies and you have been waiting with tremendous anticipation all week long but I gotta tell ya that it isn't easy coming up with a Top Ten of all time. So with no further adieu, here are some of my all-time favorites in no particular order. Don't think ...

Nice guys have white shadows

Yours truly is no exception. My white shadow is a diminutive little one-eyed cat named Wink. Since that frigid day I rescued her from certain death, she has become my shadow. The bonding is mutual. She has adopted me as her "mom," and I have adopted her as my shadow; always there and lurking if ...