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Possumhaw: Brown-eyed beggar boy

Posted 6/19/2017 in Local Columns

Often, I am amazed at how much the world is changing, but none more so than last week when I stopped at the gas station for gas and a cup of Southern Pecan coffee.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Purple box high in the sky

Posted 6/12/2017 in Local Columns

My neighbor E.H. and I were nearing home where we saw what looked like an odd-shaped purple shopping bag hanging high in a tree.

 

Golden Girls: And sometimes, love looks like this

Posted 6/3/2017 in Community

Evelyn Lantz walks through the door of Jubilations Coffee House, the place where I was to meet up with West Point's Golden Girls. "Well, Evelyn, my old friend, I didn't know you were a Golden Girl."

 

Possumhaw: Backyard menagerie

Posted 6/3/2017 in Local Columns

"It's an amazing thing to watch a lizard fold a moth into its mouth, like a sword swallower who specializes in umbrellas. " Elizabeth McCracken, American author

 

Possumhaw: Alone in the woods

Posted 5/30/2017 in Local Columns

Two gift books sat on the kitchen counter -- "Hillbilly Elegy," by J.D. Vance, and "The Stranger in the Woods," by Michael Finkel.

 

Possumhaw: It's all in the dirt

Posted 5/22/2017 in Local Columns

The mornings are cool enough, shady enough and enjoyable enough to work with the flowers and tomatoes, even if you're not a morning person.

 

Possumhaw: The pleasure of a plover

Posted 5/15/2017 in Local Columns

Leaving town by way of Waverly Ferry Road, near Plymouth Road, down near Water's Truck & Tractor, I curved left toward the Highway 82 West on-ramp. It's my preferred way of returning to the Prairie, avoiding traffic and stop lights; not to mention it's much more interesting.

 

Possumhaw: Late breaking news on the black-bellied whistling duck

Posted 5/8/2017 in Local Columns

As good fortune would have it, my walking partner, Shirley, and I encountered a gentleman at Plymouth Bluff who was outfitted in dust-colored clothing, a vest full of pockets, and looking altogether like a National Geographic "birder."

 

Possumhaw: New digs for the earthworm

Posted 4/24/2017 in Local Columns

It was a beautiful day, not too hot, windy, or humid to enjoy working in the yard.

 

Possumhaw: It's how you play the game

Posted 4/17/2017 in Local Columns

I write on the subjects of birds and bees but this week I thought I'd infringe on sports editor Adam Minichino's area -- basketball. Something I know little or nothing about.

 

Possumhaw: Of butterflies and bees

Posted 4/10/2017 in Local Columns

Several neighbor ladies sat on the Prairie porch enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon while admiring masses of butterflies on blossoming trees.

 

Possumhaw: The gift that keeps on giving

Posted 4/3/2017 in Local Columns

Sam asked if I was ready for him to cut the grass. I had asked that he save the area on a little hill that runs from the house down to the lake.

 

Possumhaw: Fatal collisions rock the bird world

Posted 3/27/2017 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.

 

 

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