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Fiction influenced by Nature

At first glance it might be hard to imagine how my fiction could be influenced by nature. There are three things that make it so. Maybe there’s more than three, but these are the ones that stand out for me. Setting, Plants and Predators   Specifically, it’s the places where the stories take place, the relationships that …

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Merry Christmas 2014

It snowed yesterday. That’s a cluster of frosty snowflakes in the picture there. Not too many stayed around long enough to get a photo, but it was pretty for a little while. We’ll miss the family and friends who are unable to join us today. Merry Christmas wherever you are!

Happy Yule-Tidings!

Today is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night. It is winter solstice 2014. This always feels to me like a more appropriate time to celebrate the eve of a new year, and so I do. I think of the things I’d like to do differently and plan things I’d like to …

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An Ode to Nature

I don’t often get in the mood to write poetry, but this time of year it sometimes happens. Not sure what it is, perhaps the approach of mid-winter, perhaps the shifted angles of light.

Cover and Sample Page

Here’s the cover and sample page for “Forest Companions”, the last book in the “Into the Ginseng Wood” series. Should be at Amazon by the weekend! If you want to catch up on the others, heres a link to the first one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFAMAS6. They open into full page photos, no double-tapping required! Click on the image …

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First Thoughts

What is the first thought that enters your mind on waking? Are you savoring vestiges of pleasant dreams, or do you wake up already planning the day…or is there a sense of ‘oh no, not again” ? Sometimes the first thing I do is glance to see if the sun is up yet. Depending on …

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Frosty Hills

Frosty hills are pretty and the Ozark hills are sporting white capes this morning! See the distant mountain with the white hoar frost? The 4-wheeler was also decorated. A light coat of ice had the key and brake lock stiff and I had to clear the encrusted seat so I could sit. Took a very chilly ride …

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My Results from the Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test™

The Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test™ was a fun, free little online test, sort of like the Myers-Briggs test to determine personality types: https://www.humanmetrics.com/index.htm#intro. After you’re done and when you click on the “Career Choices” info button, it gives some details about the kinds of careers that would be most satisfying for your type. I found …

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Broomsedge, not Fescue

An Author’s Corrections: It’s Broomsedge, not Fescue When I wrote No Qualms I described the shadeling as having hair that resembled fescue. That’s because I’d always thought the grass I had in mind was fescue. Recently I learned that it is in fact a grass commonly called broomsedge (possibly Andropogon virginicus). It might be a …

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Hunt Food, Gather Firewood

This year we’ve been proactive about a stocked freezer and our supply of firewood. Last year and the years since we’ve moved up here, we’ve always had a steady supply of venison, but we seem to always need firewood at the worst times. Last year, I remember waiting impatiently for the temperature to get above freezing …

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The Ent Trees of Wild Ozark

Special Trees Two special trees grace the dirt road where I live. There are more trees like this here and there on our own acreage, tree-beings, or trees that appear and do more than trees appear to normally do. Of course, the knowing that these trees “do” anything other than normal tree “being” is what …

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Winter is Here in the Ozarks

First it was the frost flowers. They showed up last week during our first really cold spell.    Then yesterday as we were on our way home from grocery shopping the first sleet began. Soon after the plinking sounds of tiny ice balls on the windshield gave way to the silent brush of snowflakes. Winter …

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Frost Flowers

The first time I saw frost flowers here in northwest Arkansas, about nine years ago now, I thought they were trash collected at the base of weeds on the roadsides. And then I saw a photo at Cloudland and the mystery was solved and a fascination began. As if I don’t already have enough fascination …

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