Pushing Buttons “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Never mind . . . it’s a test. Go on with your day. The first line flashed across cellphone screens in Hawaii at 8:07 am on Saturday January 13, 2018. The second line I made up because that’s what… Continue reading Pushing Buttons
I warily placed three pumpkins next to my front door within eyeshot. The modifier “warily” denotes my mistrust of this particular vegetable. (I subscribe to the strategy of “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”) The seed of my pumpkin mistrust germinated while paging through Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes I owned as a… Continue reading Don’t Trust Pumpkins!
Little did I know that cutting down an Emerald Ash Borer infested tree would result in retribution from the seemingly calm Black Walnut alongside my home. For years Blackie behaved like Black Walnut trees typically behave. He sprouted leaves in spring, casted shade in summer, dropped nuts and leaves in fall, and like the rest… Continue reading Blackie’s Revenge
Moose blocking your trail? Wait patiently, keep your distance, and step behind a tree. Bear halting your hike? Speak softly, back up, and ready your pepper spray. Boulders falling at random? Read warnings, drive forward, and cross your fingers. I waited patiently for a bull, cow, and calf moose to clear my path at Isle… Continue reading Rocky Risks