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A goldenrod soldier beetle enjoys a summer day. AL BATT/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
A goldenrod soldier beetle enjoys a summer day. AL BATT/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
Monday, September 08, 2014 9:48 AM

Each time I go for a walk, I see something I’ve never seen before. A backyard is an exotic realm.

  • August was a busy month for me and part of that was due to the fact I had the good fortune to take two different trips. The first weekend of the month, my family celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in Dubuque, Iowa, and during the last week of August, I was invited to join my brother and his family on their summer vacation in southwestern South Dakota.

     
  • It was two years ago – Sept. 5, 2012 – when my world turned topsy-turvy. A face-first and front-side-down fall of 26 feet into rocks and four inches of water – plus a stroke after surgery was performed in the hospital – started me on a journey I really wouldn’t wish on anyone.

     
  • Each time I go for a walk, I see something I’ve never seen before. A backyard is an exotic realm.

     
  • The time has come for garden ripe tomatoes. I love the colorful cherry types you can pop into your mouth or the sliced ones served plain or embellished with a bit of basil.

     
  • Take a cross-country road  trip with a man and his dog

    A trip to the corner store started it all. You said, “Go for a ride?” and he nearly exploded. That’s his favorite thing, which makes it your favorite thing and right then, you weren’t sure which moved faster – your vehicle or his tail.

     
  • On this last trip to California, my cousin described the experiences they are having in cleaning out their mom’s house. She handed me a folded up piece of paper. “I don’t know if you even want this, but I saved it for you.

     
  • I just returned home from spending several days in South Dakota with my brother and his family. When they had returned from their family vacation last year, having visited the southwestern part of that state, I mentioned I had never been that far west nor had I had the opportunity to visit Mount Rushmore, see the Badlands or any other destination between here and there.

     
  • There I was – in pretty bad shape in a bed at Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital. It was around two years ago.

     
  • Ten wild turkeys strolled through our yard as my wife and I ate dinner. There were two hens and eight poults. Male wild turkeys provide no parental care. Newly hatched chicks follow the female, who feeds them for a few days until they learn to find food on their own. As the chicks grow, they band into groups composed of several hens and their broods.

     
  • When you’re packing for a big move, it is important to take a break now and again. And what could be better than a trip to California to help forget the work? Especially one on which I make money!

     
  • While in Dubuque on our family vacation, my parents really wanted to see the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. As a matter of fact, that was one of the reasons we chose to travel to Dubuque in the first place.

     
  • Last week I wrote about getting in one last, good trip before the end of summer, and suggested visiting a National Park Service (NPS) unit. The parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, lakeshores, recreation areas and more have much to offer.

     
  • Tom Donovan of Hartland said his father, also named Tom, was a township officer. Tom the elder once responded to complaints about thistles growing on a farmer’s land. He visited the farmer and advised the man to do something about the weeds.

     
  • Zucchini and summer squash are vegetables best harvested when they're very small. Unfortunately, the humongous versions have given these vegetables a bad rap.

     
  • Short stories give readers just  the right stuff to get them hooked

    Trapped in an elevator, office, front seat of a car, wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your last nerve. You’ve heard the same phrases over and over and over and you want to scream.

     
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