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Possumhaw: Fatal collisions rock the bird world

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

The insects are out, as the red-bellied woodpecker knows.

 

Possumhaw: The vernal equinox is upon us

Posted 3/20/2017 in Local Columns

This very morning at 5:29 CDT the vernal equinox took place while some of us were sleeping. We in the northern hemisphere were officially ushered into spring while at the same time the southern hemisphere ventured into fall.

 

Possumhaw: Everything you wanted to know about crappie fishing

Posted 3/13/2017 in Local Columns

I tried to tell Sam fishing the crappie spawn is a lot like spring shopping.

 

Possumhaw: Ash Wednesday and sugar-coated donuts

Posted 3/6/2017 in Local Columns

Last week we celebrated Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season. I love these 40 days as they march toward Easter. It happened that Ash Wednesday fell on my birthday -- a new year for me. Also, it's the day Sam asked me to marry him. It was a fitting day to remember and evaluate the past while beginning afresh a new life together.

 

Possumhaw: Everything you wanted to know about water

Posted 2/27/2017 in Local Columns

Early in the week we had a much-needed rain. This was a good thing as the lakes were low and the gardenias dry.

 

Possumhaw: Observations of a crappie fisherman

Posted 2/20/2017 in Local Columns

When the lakes, creeks and rivers fill up and when the flowers bloom and the grasses green Sam's out to find the first crappie "spawners." Every few days the big brown delivery truck leaves a package from "Monk's Crappie," Sam's favorite fishing supplier.

 

Possumhaw: Harbingers of spring

Posted 2/13/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, in the early morning, daffodils were standing 4 inches tall, topped with buds.

 

Possumhaw: Oh, for the love of cats

Posted 2/4/2017 in Local Columns

Roy walked into the Oktibbeha County Courthouse and said he'd been reading about my animals, the cats, ducks and rabbits. Said he wasn't much of a cat person though. Then he started telling me about his cat.

 

Possumhaw: A world gone crass

Posted 1/30/2017 in Local Columns

Sometimes the world is too much with me, making me forever grateful for things that bring me joy.

 

Possumhaw: A couple of lucky dogs

Posted 1/23/2017 in Local Columns

It's not easy being a cat person in a canine world. Sitting on the porch while studying and occasionally letting my eyes and thoughts wander over to the lake or into the woods, I noticed the cats pouncing on butterflies.

 

Possumhaw: Wintering well in the Prairie

Posted 1/16/2017 in Local Columns

Stepping off the front porch, I saw the season's first blooming dandelion.

 

Possumhaw: Social order of buzzards

Posted 1/9/2017 in Local Columns

Who knew there was a pecking order among buzzards? First off, we don't actually have buzzards here in the Prairie; we just call them buzzards.

 

Possumhaw: To reap what you sew

Posted 1/2/2017 in Local Columns

What if a New Year's resolution had more to do with finding your passion than restricting your diet, exercising more or spending less?

 

Shannon Bardwell: The not-buying-it resolution

Posted 12/26/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's New Year's resolution didn't turn out as well as I had hoped or maybe it did in the long run.

 

Possumhaw: Good news of great joy

Posted 12/19/2016 in Local Columns

Carefully arranged on the table is the Nativity scene -- the tiny baby all glowing bright with Mary and Joseph kneeling peacefully beside the manger, and all around while angels are singing, the shepherds pose near the little drummer boy holding a lamb to give to the newborn king while three wise men enter bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh ...

 

Possumhaw: A winter of critters

Posted 12/12/2016 in Local Columns

I called out to Sam, "Come look. It looks like a platypus."

 

Possumhaw: The rains came down

Posted 12/5/2016 in Local Columns

After a season of prolonged drought, rain came to the Prairie in the form of storms.

 

Possumhaw: Dream a little dream of Christmas

Posted 11/28/2016 in Local Columns

'Tis the season for the onslaught of holiday catalogs. Some days I open the mailbox optimistically hoping I find a catalog or two. Perusing catalogs is a mindless activity that can transport one to another world, something akin to a "Take me away, Calgon" moment or an hour spent on Pinterest.

 

Possumhaw: Let's talk turkey

Posted 11/21/2016 in Local Columns

There's lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

 

Possumhaw: Then there was rain

Posted 11/14/2016 in Local Columns

Green circles created by circular sprinklers leave the front yard looking like alien spaceships landed. I told a friend deer have come closer to the house than ever before and they were eating the vegetation, pulling flowers from pots; even eating the palm tree fronds and nipping the pineapple plant.

 

 

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