Archive for February 2013

View from the Porch – Not in the Mood for Writing Words this Morning

View from the Porch – Not in the Mood for Writing Words this Morning
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ So here’s something by my friend Bob Long, Jr. that I enjoyed reading this morning: Late Night Walk to the Beach House... Read more »

View from the Porch – White is a Color

View from the Porch – White is a Color
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ Stepping outside and seeing everything covered in white made me feel good. Nearly four months of nothing but brown and gray was... Read more »

Dear Ken – Woman wants to Fish Alone, but Should She

Dear Ken – Woman wants to Fish Alone, but Should She
Dear Ken: I live in the western suburbs of Chicago. Twenty years ago, when I was ten, my dad got me out fishing on the Fox River and some of its creeks. Over the years we’ve also fished a number of other rivers and creeks throughout Illinois. I don’t want to call it an addiction,... Read more »
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View from the Porch – Oddly Quiet and did I Mention I've been Looking for Work?

View from the Porch – Oddly Quiet and did I Mention I've been Looking for Work?
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ The wind has died down and the birds are out in numbers, but they are oddly quiet. Only one lone goose down... Read more »

View from the Porch – Smoking in the Garage and Wondering Whether to Write Anything Down

View from the Porch – Smoking in the Garage and Wondering Whether to Write Anything Down
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ It’s noon, I’ve been up since 6:30 AM and I still haven’t bothered writing anything down. I’ve been trying to get in... Read more »

View from the Porch – North Star and Satellites

View from the Porch – North Star and Satellites
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ My first trip out to the porch this morning, it was still dark. If I look up at about a 45 degree... Read more »
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View from the Porch – Some say the World will end in Fire, Some say in Ice

View from the Porch – Some say the World will end in Fire, Some say in Ice
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ Four thirty ay em the alarm goes off. The wife has to go to work. Weaver, the aptly named young cat, starts... Read more »

View from the Porch – Sandhill Cranes and Drunks

View from the Porch – Sandhill Cranes and Drunks
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ The change to cold weather this morning had its effect on the song birds. Only two bothered to sing and they didn’t... Read more »

View from the Porch – Clouds on the Horizon

View from the Porch – Clouds on the Horizon
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ The sky is getting brighter and still more song birds heard, but not seen, throughout the neighborhood. To the east the first... Read more »
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View from the Porch – Frost as thick as Snow

View from the Porch – Frost as thick as Snow
Don’t even try talking to me before I’ve sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I’m out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar. _________ Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but as the sky was starting to get lighter and I was anxiously preparing my... Read more »