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On Ducks and Friendship

I recently received one of the few published versions of the primer, “Seeds Of Friendship: A Duck’s Eye View,” which I wish to share with you. About the ducks. They were mallards and their family joined our family at Brant Lake in early June. In those days, there was a mother, a father and seven…

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I’ve Been Cuked

  Well, the summer’s over, but when I open my refrigerator door cucumbers tumble out, a remembrance of a season past. And what a cucumber season! I picked 30 or 40 a day. Considered selling them on Route 8. Five cents a cuke. I would even throw in the lemonade. Now, I am considering paying…

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Peace on Earth??? How War Entered the World

  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was barren, only a brown mass in the garden above Brant Lake, in the area where horses graze. (Although they were created at a later time.) And along came the gardener, and gentle brown hills of dirt covered one section of…

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KEVIN THE LOON: IN MEMORIAM

  Loon wail:     As summer ends, we announce, with great sadness, the death of Kevin the Loon who has departed to unknown depths. Kevin, the son of Loonette and Loonesta Loon of Mill Pond, New York, a suburb of Brant Lake, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 1, 2016. There are no known…

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The Current of Time

I was 18 years old when I was first exposed to the fast flowing vagaries of time. It happened when my parents arrived for a vacation at Brant Lake. Since the age of seven I had spent my summers at camp, away from my parents, but that summer they had rented a cottage at the…

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Horses Please Stay Out

Horses can’t read! Or perhaps they simply refuse to follow directions. At the north end of Brant Lake a dirt road leads to the barns of Point O’Pines riding stables. On a normal day, beyond a canopy of maple trees, horses frolic in the fields, waiting to be ridden by campers. Ponies, palominos, colts, geldings…

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A Mystery Resolved: Looney Tunes Revisited!!!

First, an apology. The last episode of the epic, Kevin The Loon, was intended to be the final installment. Now, here I am, back with Kevin in the Mill Pond. Why have I rescinded on my promise? Because many of my most loyal readers have informed me of sleepless nights. They are unsettled by my…