Category Archives: Wildlife

The origin of species

Every family has its own mythology. Sometimes these stories are a way to restore order to the world when there’s evidence of things that aren’t quite right. Sometimes these stories are a way to inspire obedience. Sometimes these stories are … Continue reading

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Housing project

My stepfather, George, left a pair of New Balance walking shoes out on the shelf on the front porch. A house wren caught sight of the sneaks and decided they would make a good home.

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Mad Dog

I never knew my dad’s coworkers by their true names. Each railroader was assigned a handle based on his first and middle initials. My dad was Dog Shit. His best friend was Mad Dog. Dog Shit and Mad Dog were … Continue reading

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Survival of the fittest

A story published in the Prospect-News recounts the adventures of brave Leroy Reddin, who killed a 63 inch timber rattlesnake during a hunting trip March 31. According to the P-N, the snake measured 10 inches in circumference and had 12 … Continue reading

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A post from my mother

Dear Farm Dogs: I appreciate you slaying the armadillo. You did an awesome job digging up the drain where he must have been hiding. Next time, please take the carcass away from the pump house and put the dirt and … Continue reading

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Easter

Easter was always a stressful time for kids on the farm. Imagine, if you will, lying in bed on Easter eve wondering whether the Easter bunny will make it safely to your house. Your immediate concern isn’t that he will … Continue reading

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A dispatch from the homeland

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