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Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Murder Room

Ok time for True Confessions---- My high school English teacher required 12 book reports and I conned her into giving me six for reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes.  I still occasionally delve into the thriller/mystery genre both fictional and non.  My favorite author is P.D. James.  The Murder Room is non fiction subtitled The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the Worlds' Most Perplexing Cold Cases.  Your can find out more by clicking on Mark Twain above....:)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Life After People


TWO HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS AFTER PEOPLE: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, its stainless steel body corroded and rusted, finally gives way.
A few years back I happened to be watching The History Channels ten part series "Life After People ." The premise is, what does planet earth look like after people all (for some unknown reason) disappear? A day, a year, a hundred years etc. later. It ain't good folks. Mother Nature, not always so  benevolent, ( think Hurricane Katrina) takes over.

The next day, I decided to return to the Big Woods in Fillmore County, Minnesota. My purpose was to recheck some White Ash trees in hopes of verifying a potential state size record. The only problem was, Mr Woodsman (me), with the assistance of Mrs. T (the photographer), got lost. I turned up the wrong Minimum Maintenance Road, and then the wrong driveway. Well, they do tend to all look pretty much the same in the deep woods. Based upon the relatively shiny new mailbox at the entrance, the farmstead had only recently been abandoned. Mother Nature had moved in.....









"Sic transit gloria mundi" is a Latin phrase that means "Thus passes the glory of the world". It has been interpreted as "Worldly things are fleeting." Indeed.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Deer Hunting With Jesus - Rereviewed

My first book review from 2009.  More relevant than ever......
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Monday, March 6, 2017

On Wisconsin On Wisconsin.....Not!

It seems a few years back, as a rookie birder, I joined a group in the small Mississippi river town of LaCrescent, Minnesota for a Sunday afternoon outing. Introducing myself to the small group waiting in the parking lot of a local convenience store, they gave me a friendly welcome and then noting my University of Minnesota Gopher cap someone asked me how my football team had done the day before. It turned out the entire group of birders was from Lacrosse, Wisconsin across the river. Talk about a loaded question! My Gophers had ignominiously been demolished for the twelfth year in a row.... My response was simply to take off my hat to demonstrate my balding pate and point out that the last time the Gophers had been to the Rose Bowl I was a student at the U in the early sixties and we should now focus on birding and leave football behind.  With laughter they all agreed and we had a great outing that day....:)
 
And then last night in the final regular seasons game for the Gophers mens basketball team once again....

Badgers dominate second half, end Gophers' eight-game winning streak

Big second half extends Wisconsin's dominance over Gophers, ending their win streak at eight. That's it.
Enough is enough..... Troutbirders revenge!
Scott Walker ultra anti worker/union radical conservative
Mark Dayton Centrist Democrat Farmer/Labor Party Progressive
Go Gophers