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Posted on: September 7th, 2013 by sheriffsmeadow

When Huck, my six-year old son, lists our family pets, he includes our dog, Bloo, and our lone guinea fowl, the last remaining bird of a flock that once numbered 26. Yet he also includes our ospreys. Curse me if you like, but of these pets, my favorites are the ospreys. The ospreys, of course, […]

A week of winter

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by sheriffsmeadow

No. 4 A week of winter January 25, 2013 By late afternoon Monday, the gathering clouds had turned the skies a battleship gray, and the children knew that snow was soon to come. They could smell it – or so they said. We stacked firewood on the back porch, stuffed the Sunday paper and some […]

Peering ahead

Posted on: January 12th, 2013 by sheriffsmeadow

No. 2 Trees help us perceive our past, but can they also help us peer into the future? In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold meditates on the history witnessed by one, lightning-felled oak tree.  The chips and sawdust fly as Leopold saws through the log, and as he saw cuts through each growth ring, […]

A Walk in the Dark

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by sheriffsmeadow

No. 1 High aloft Orion shone, high above the ocean beach, high above the dunes, high above the icy Quansoo plain.  Frigid winds blew, yet some of Saturday’s snow still blanketed the ground, nestled, as it was, among the straw stems of the uncut hayfield. We left our neighbor’s holiday party and stepped into the […]