Another Hairy Creature

By Susan Shea The Hairy Woodpecker: Insect Hunter Extraordinaire A woodpecker frequently visits our feeder, alighting on the wooden supporting post and hopping up the post to the suet. Its medium size and striking markings – black wings spotted with white, a large white patch on the back, and a red spot on the back... Continue Reading →

What’s the craic, lads?

2021-02-23T16:00:00  days  hours  minutes  secondsuntil"Scratch the Travel Itch" Week. Tell us how you are doing it these days.. I listen to The Blindboy podcast. "What's the craic, lads?" Craic, pronounced "crack," is Irish slang for cool. The Blindboy produces the #1 podcast in Ireland. He's a former HipHop artist (one half of the duo Rubberbandits),... Continue Reading →


A New Twist on Fire in the Cave SB SM She started making the construction noises in the summer, when the grass was still green and we were eating from the garden. No chevrons of geese were yet overhead, and yet she was making the noises of hammers and nails and money fluttering off in... Continue Reading →

The Tiny Cottage of Vance and Al

We're living in times where small is beautiful, a phrase coined by E.F. Schumacher to make the argument that the bigger-is-better philosophy of unchecked capitalism is fraught with dangerous downsides. Were he alive today, he would point to climate change, the current pandemic, and the increasing disparity in the distribution of wealth as proof. Acceptance... Continue Reading →

Valentines Day in the Jungle

We know that Silverbacks maintain harems, but what about Silverbacks and Silverbelles of the human variety? Does Love Always Come Before Marriage? By William Jankowiak and Alex Nelson Love and marriage aren’t the same thing: Passionate love is a feeling, and marriage is a social contract. But over time and around the world, the two... Continue Reading →

Another Baseball Story

(If Bonobo Boy J gets to tell a story of his glorious men's softball game past, then I get one, too. Here’s the story as it appeared in the vacation edition of The Herald of Randolph in July, 2017. SB SM) Sprague’s Dairy vs. the Guy Wilson Agency:The Day the Baseball World Stood Still Author’s long-winded introduction:Memoirs... Continue Reading →

Baseball Story from SB J

THE NIGHT CARL DeCARLO WENT DOWN I can see him now, that long-ago summer night in our Smalltown USA ballfield, under the lights, striding up to home plate to meet his Destiny. Now, Carl DeCarlo was one of those strikingly handsome bachelors that women of all ages and political persuasions swoon over. One of those.... Continue Reading →

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