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With all the trials and tribulations that this year has thrown at us here on the banks of Child Lake, there have been some interesting moments that have been pleasant distractions from clean-ups and endless repairs. I know the Chinese … Continue reading

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Despite the amazing kaleidoscopic fall we enjoyed here in lake country, there is a cool whispering background voice that adds a note of sadness. The trees have become skeletal now, with a smattering of a few stouthearted souls squeezing the … Continue reading

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The Elephant Scoopers

Skies are a little bluer, nights a little edgier. Woodlands a little more garish.  The deer have switched from auburn to a somber grey/brown. Gold Finches are not gold any longer. This change has to happen. As it has since…well…time … Continue reading

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Summer’s Last Dance

If I promise not to sing, will you forgive me posting about trees one more time? No doubt your thinking; “What is his fixation with trees?” Well, when you live in the center of a forest, whether good or bad, … Continue reading

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Across the pond, the world’s finest are chasing a life-long dream; to harvest sporting’s most coveted prize and the planet’s most desirable metal, gold! The fierceness of the competitors in my yard cannot be viewed in a moment, and a … Continue reading

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Tree Olympics

Back in a different universe on a planet far, far away, I once competed in gymnastics. I never became too proficient at it, but it brought me great joy. It was the adrenalin rush that most teenage boys need at … Continue reading

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Love/Hate in the North Woods

As many of you know I am an ardent outdoorsman, and a lover of all things that are wild and wonderful. When I retired, I got to live out my lifelong fantasy of living full time on the shores of … Continue reading

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Turn the Page

Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its’ long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January. Hal Borland We flipped the calendar and have put January in the rearview mirror. We’ve paid our … Continue reading

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MacArthur Goes Fishing

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.  ~Henry David Thoreau Like the storied general from WWII, I too, returned.  To Upper Red Lake that is.  A little overdramatic, most … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Wealth

“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” ― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac It’s mid-winter, and she … Continue reading

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