Maverick the Boxer

In a small town in which i work there is a little storefront in which sits a register and straight before that is a sleeping boxer named Maverick. He is a bit scarred and has a swollen paw. He has been both run over by a car and attacked by an itty bitty barker. He’s …

Life Before and After the Pandemic

Before the pandemic i would only include beautiful movies with happy endings in my collection. Now i include anything that invokes a feeling. I was trying to figure out why. My conclusion is this: when you see mass amounts of fear, anger, suffering, relief, sadness…. At a point you become desensitized to it all. You …

Storytime

A young man asks a woman in a professional uniform exiting an expensive foreign car for a donation for his organization. She smiles sheepishly and replies “not today.” He repeats her answer back to her loudly and shakes his head in front of people passing by. He exchanges a look with his comrade. He’s got …

A Dream of Death

I was leaving the house at 4 am every morning so i could get to the nursing home at 4:50, take a ten minute nap in the car, and go in to assist patients with dressing and toileting tasks while they got ready for breakfast. At the time i was worried about somebody and they …

Poultry Lice

There are no pictures of this debacle as i was a bit too tied up with the events at hand to set up a camera to document the whole thing. I discovered lice crawling on my chickens one day when i parted their feathers while petting them and noticed these long, slender beige bugs just …

A Black Swallowtail named “Blue”

I was outside working in the yard one day when i noticed a pop of color underneath the car. It was a butterfly! I was immediately terrified i’d run him over or hit him with the grill of the car earlier when i’d parked, since that was where i found him, beneath the front of …

The Earth is Finally Watered

It finally rained. We had such a historic drought that many of our trees died and i only had to cut the grass once all year. What is dead doesn’t grow to need mowed. Well once everything was good and dead the heavens opened and dumped an immense amount of precipitation on our crusty parched …

A Trip Back in Time

I was driving into town one morning when a covered wagon pulled by a team of horses came towards and then passed me on the main road. I felt like i had gone back in time and was getting ready for the Oregon trail. i felt the urge to park my car and go purchase …

Herbs for the Winter

My friend Ren gifted me a basil plant from her garden earlier this year. She used clay-like red mud that was present on the properties closer to the river, sprinkled worm castings and some nutrients into the hole before pushing the dirt around the little basil plant, and let me borrow the pot she put …