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The birth of a bully

So one day you are having a snowball fight in your yard with your brother. It wasn’t really a friendly snowball fight, and it got less friendly when your neighbor from the yard behind you started supplying you with snowballs. Your brother couldn’t really keep up, so a friend who was visiting neighbors from across […]

A letter to Summer, on a hot muggy day…

Dear Summer, You suck SO bad! You can’t be happy with just heat…NO! You have to toss in humidity too! What little breeze there is just stirs the hot air around. The breeze isn’t even enough to keep the bugs away. If a person were to dare go sit in the shade during the day, […]

Are you a fan of the hot weather? NOT ME!

I was sitting in my living room around 10am thinking about how hot it must be outside. The air inside was already starting to get heavy and oppressive, despite the coolness that greeted me at 6am. Now and then I could hear a strong breeze rustling the leaves of the trees outside. So that was […]

My first (and LAST day) as an emergency dispatch operator

“This blog post is fiction and the events described did not happen. Please enjoy.” Sunday, May 28 was the first day of my new job as an emergency dispatch operator for the Bangor area. As it turned out, I would only take one call. But the guy must have been some kind of criminal mastermind […]

‘Great Fiery Orb’ seen over Maine on tuesday identified

Residents all over Maine awoke on Tuesday morning to a strange and terrifying sight in the eastern sky. What is being described as a “large fiery orb” hung low in the east, and as the morning wore on it slowly climbed higher and higher as it traveled west. Many people ran for shelter in caves. […]

Humans are more important than birds. Bring back DDT!

It’s spring in Maine, and my Facebook news feed is full of people reporting about the number of ticks they are already finding this year. Turkey hunters, pet owners, people doing yard work, and people just our for a stroll in the woods or overgrown areas are finding ticks on themselves, and their pets. People […]

Fooling a turkey is EASY!

Since it is turkey¬†hunting season here in Maine, I seized an opportuity to show up the turkey hunters when I saw a turkey eating last year’s corn across the street from my house. I wanted to prove just how stupid these birds really are by calling it into shooting range from my front yard. Now […]

Watch out for turtles in the road!

We were driving down Rt7 in East Newport heading for the highway onramp when I noticed a couple of dark objects on the shoulder. I hit the brakes and made a turn to go back…Sure enough. Two snapping turtles were trying to cross the road. As I pulled the van over onto the shoulder and […]

The invasion of red-winged blackbirds

I was out in the yard enjoying a brief moment of sunshine during the April showers. My front yard has almost full southern exposure even though I have a lot of trees around me because I am in a little gully. The trees and shrubs thoughtfully planted by previous residents are the types that never […]

Can you identify this mystery slab in Livermore?

In one of the facebook groups I belong to, a member posted a picture of this large concrete slab with eye hooks in it. She hadn’t noticed it before she bought the property, so she never got a chance to ask the previous owner what it was. Now five years later, curiosity has her seeking […]