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How Much Wood…

How Much Wood…

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Under my breath I recited this old children’s tongue-twister as I rumbled along a dusty dirt road this week. I drove my Uncle Don’s old half ton with a heavy load of timber. Now that he’s passed...

Small Irritations

Small Irritations

There are always irritants in life. Some may come in the form of flying insects such as a mosquito whining in your ear at bedtime, while others may be larger and involve government policies, potholes or perhaps the absence of a clean spoon in the cutlery drawer. We...

Remember When We Used to Travel?

Remember When We Used to Travel?

Where would you be going this summer if not for COVID-19? I was headed to Europe. I’ve been quite a few times actually, and while I’m certainly no expert, I find that with each trip I learn to be a better traveller and have successfully taken many others along for the...

It’s Time For…Show and Share!

It’s Time For…Show and Share!

Before the last pencil is sharpened and the final eraser is dropped, I must take time to share a glimpse into that well known, but seldom witnessed time of day called, “Show and Share”. Let us be like the proverbial “fly on the wall” and join these children as they...

The Rather Remarkable Rat

The Rather Remarkable Rat

“Ask not what your vermin can do for you…,” quipped my cousin Cindy as we deliberated, through texts, the merits of this much maligned beast. Prior to our unusual discussion, she’d sent me a news article from Vice World News. It featured the headline, “A Hero’s...

Tales of Long Ago

Tales of Long Ago

It seems every time the forecast calls for moisture we are thwarted. The rain keeps moving elusively out of reach and our fields and pastures have become thirsty, desolate wastelands. That might be a touch melodramatic, but it’s close to the truth. However, the...

Have You Ever?

Have You Ever?

If you’re on Facebook, you’ll have seen all the many interactive surveys and questionnaires designed to entertain, amuse, and get you and your friends talking. If you’re not familiar with it, hang tight, all will be revealed. I don’t respond to these posts online, as...

Nerves of Steel (mush)

Nerves of Steel (mush)

I come from a family who sings. When my brother and I were young, Dad would play the guitar and he and Mom would teach us folk songs and hymns. Then, when I was 12, I received a guitar for Christmas which prompted my own musical journey, beginning with a halted, messy...

Redneck Remedies, by Uncle Don Gessner

Redneck Remedies, by Uncle Don Gessner

“If onion juice is good enough for the monkeys, it’s good enough for me,” my Uncle Don said on a recent visit, smacking a palm on the table to emphasize the weight of his statement. He was outlining his plan of action for the next time he got sick. Apparently, he’d...

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