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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bird Succession

Tue, 30 Aug 2011, 10:10 PM (-06:00)

In the morning they come. Before the sun climbs over the roof of the house. While the cool 82 degrees of morning remain. Before the heat begins to bake the dust. They come for a drink. First come the Lesser Goldfinches. They perch on the Coneflowers and pick at the dry seed heads and flit […]

The Path Unwinding

Mon, 29 Aug 2011, 07:48 PM (-06:00)

And so we went outside, the dog and I. We went outside, he thinking we were going for a walk, I to sit on the bench. The sun had just disappeared behind the trees in the west, and the temperature was down to a cool 99 degrees. We were sitting there, the dog on my […]

The Hottest Day

Sun, 28 Aug 2011, 09:58 PM (-06:00)

“You decided to work on the hottest day?” John asked. I didn’t know it was the hottest day, but there was no doubt it was toasty. I set down the wheelbarrow. “How hot did it get?” I asked. “110.” That was yesterday. Today it got up to 112. As the sun set behind the trees […]


Fri, 19 Aug 2011, 10:57 PM (-06:00)

He has a way of talking. He goes on and on and on. We all know this. It’s just the way he is, but still it sometimes catches us off guard, and we get trapped. When we’re stuck in a room and he gets started, there’s no way to turn it off. No way to interject. […]

Red Star

Fri, 19 Aug 2011, 09:42 PM (-06:00)

As the hot air wraps around me and the dog sniffs at a bush, I stand on the sidewalk looking up at the evening sky and see a red star. It’s the first one I see. Darkness has fallen all around me, but the sky retains just enough of the passed day that there’s only […]

Waiting for Some Rain

Mon, 15 Aug 2011, 07:54 PM (-06:00)

Yesterday evening, two Mourning Doves sat on the power lines in the shade of a Chinese Tallow tree. They gazed to the east, beaks into the wind, watching a black sky advance. Waiting for some rain. “I don’t know,” Trudy said to me from the dining room table. “It could still get here.” The radar […]

Missing Characters and Mischaracterizations

Fri, 12 Aug 2011, 01:18 AM (-06:00)

1. Missing Characters The problem with thank you lists at the Academy is that you always forget someone, as my cousin discretely whispered to me out of band. And in this case, my best efforts and fears of tripping up were to no avail. I left two people out. Oh, what have I done? Jasper. […]

Who Was Who

Tue, 9 Aug 2011, 10:28 PM (-06:00)

The cast of characters… BenA. Sent his car to the mechanic so that it would be in good shape for his brother to borrow, only to have his brother drive it into a flung pebble, chipping the windshield in the process. BenE. Taught his cousins how to sail when he didn’t have his nose in […]

Do You Want To Go To Town?

Sat, 6 Aug 2011, 07:38 AM (-06:00)

“Do you want to go to town?” the fair and industrious Trudy asks. No, I tell myself. I do not want to go to town. Dappled circles of sunlight are dancing on the yellow checkered tablecloth on the picnic table. The kids are splashing and laughing in the water. Trudy is sitting in a camp chair, […]

To Begin the Day in Earnest

Sat, 6 Aug 2011, 07:27 AM (-06:00)

A tribe of four is sitting in the corner of the lawn on the hill where years ago stairs descended to the lake and Grampa Macmillan’s shaving table stood nailed to a tree. They are talking about plans and futures as the breeze blows up the hill. There are sailing lessons going on, one kid […]