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We Gobble Together

    Well, they are back! In the meadow, in the pasture, in the forest. Yes, they are back! The Meleagris Gallopavo have returned after their Thanksgiving break. And, for anyone not aware of the common name for the Meleagris Gallopavo, the translation is “wild turkey.” Why is it that wild turkeys seem to vanish…

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Pardon Me: A Fowl Look at Thanksgiving

    According to historians who research major historical events, the first presidential turkey pardon was granted in the White House Rose Garden, November 17, 1989. Since the 1940’s, turkeys had been presented to the president for Thanksgiving. However, when President George H. W. Bush received his turkey he commented that the turkey seemed to…

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My Friend Stretch

    Before the reunion he was Louie, but now we called him Stretch—a name befitting an ingenious rebirth. The reunion was the 100th anniversary of Brant Lake Camp where I enjoyed many summers. Usually I avoid reunions. Especially at my age. My contemporaries often enter on canes or walkers. A once handsome head of…

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Two Old Men at the Woodpile

There were two old men standing by the woodpile at a farm on the outskirts of Brant Lake. Nearby, pumpkins, waiting to be harvested, decorated the field with orange hues. Green and yellow gourds, stacked next to a cluster of cornstalks and a friendly stuffed scarecrow, dressed in blue denim overalls, completed the autumn display.…

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The Frost Is on the Pumpkin

  For many years I have battled garden pests. I sprayed and eradicated the Japanese beetles. When deer decided to make an unfriendly visit I installed a 7 foot high fence, a challenge for even the most athletic high jumpers. Frustrated, the family of deer retreated to the woods and foraged on berries. Yes, protecting…

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Apple Picking Time

  The apple trees were four years old when they produced their first crop at our home on Brant Lake. We harvested Empires, Macs, Granny Smiths and one tree with a mix of apples grafted from a variety of species. Deep red, yellow and green fruit sparkled in the early morning sun as our orchard…