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Pump It Down

The frogs are going to be disappointed. Over the years I have attempted to discourage them from laying their eggs on my pool cover. This year I’m trying something new. When the crew from the pool company closed my pool … Continue reading

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For the Birds

Darryl Stillwell’s bird feeders don’t look like bird feeders. They look like miniature buildings. When I saw his booth at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival, I was impressed by Darryl’s general store, farmhouse and church among others. He said some … Continue reading

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Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

The promise of freshly-made apple butter drew my wife and me to the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival on Saturday. As we drove along Lamar Alexander Parkway, I told her about the last time I drove to the Great Smoky Mountain … Continue reading

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Roy G. Bug

The animals in my backyard that interest me most are mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Last week was the first time I spotted a groundhog on my property. Occasionally a bird, such as a hawk, will fascinate me. Recently, I found … Continue reading

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Swimming Trunk

Over the seven years that I’ve been writing my blog, I’ve described all the various animals that like to share my swimming pool with me. None of the frogs, bats, mice, lizards, salamanders, turtles, chipmunks, rabbits, hawks or insects compare … Continue reading

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Froggie Went A-Courtin

About a half-dozen frogs joined me for my late-night swim on Tuesday. Yet when I returned on Wednesday night, there were none. A series of circumstances conspired to delay my swim both days. Instead of hitting the pool before performing … Continue reading

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Aquabats

The bats that have been swooping over my swimming pool the past few evenings are larger than the bats I recorded last year. On top of that, they touched the water’s surface. It’s been so hot and dry lately that … Continue reading

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The Galloping Gore May…

Based on my what I saw two years ago at Yellowstone National Park, I’m surprised more people aren’t gored by bison. As my wife and I waited for Old Faithful to erupt, two bison walked through the area. This past … Continue reading

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Nothing to Hide, Believe What I Say

It wasn’t easy but my daughter got the organizers of the Pigapalooza Comedy Improv Festival to surprise me by¬†announcing my¬†birthday. My wife and I spent the day on Friday driving to Frederick, Maryland. We got there just in time to … Continue reading

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Bird Up

A magazine called Chronogram tagged me on Facebook by mistake. They got me mixed up with a Hudson Valley bird watcher named Frank Murphy. Here’s what they posted on their Facebook page: Follow bird-call expert Frank Murphy as he navigates … Continue reading

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Lights Rock, More Talk

The hotline rang as I was getting ready to leave the Star 102.1 studio on Tuesday afternoon. “Hi this is Branden from Neon Trees,” said the voice on the other end of the line. Due to a scheduling mishap, I … Continue reading

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Someplace Else

This is one of those six-degrees-of-separation stories. Maureen Hanley was my assistant at WAVA in the late ’80s. In 2000, her family bought Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg. Around that same time, I worked with Susan Olsen at the Comedy … Continue reading

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Hawking Heads

The hawks and I peacefully coexist. In fact, I enjoy seeing them in my backyard. Last year my son snapped a photo of one of the hawks on our back deck. They probably eat mice or chipmunks, which makes them … Continue reading

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Dry Tortuga

“It’s the real muscle, the real skeleton, the brain is all still with the pet,” said taxidermist Anthony Eddy in a news report on KDSK-TV. The St. Louis station ran a story about freeze-dried pets near the end of February … Continue reading

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