January Rain

January Rain

Five to five and the last patients have left the office. The doctors are finishing their dictation; the office staff have locked the doors, turned off the lights and gone home. I clean the surgical instruments and shut off the machines, flipping the breaker on the...

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New Years Solo Camp with Dogs

New Years Solo Camp with Dogs

December 31, 2018 Sunset 4:33 PM  January 1, 2019 Moonrise 3:28 AM, waning crescent Sunrise 7:49 AM   I found myself at loose ends for New Year's Eve. Amy was in California visiting relatives and both my brothers were busy. I had to work that morning, but I had...

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Throwback Thursday-New Years Day 2015

Throwback Thursday-New Years Day 2015

Several years ago Andy and I went for a little New Years Day ride up Lost Lake Road to Lolo Pass. Turning off FS 18, we followed a spur road which ran a short way along the West Fork of the Hood River, before ending in a clearing above a stream flowing into the river....

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A December Excursion

A December Excursion

Saturday morning, I installed a fresh tire on the front of the bike, a match to the new knobby I put on the rear last weekend, complete with ice screws. Now that I was ready for Winter, the temperatures had risen above freezing.          ...

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Throwback Thursday – The Solstice Tree

Throwback Thursday – The Solstice Tree

Walter, Andy and I decorated a random tree out in the woods on Solstice Day. The  snow was deep and it took us several attempts to get up the ridge. We tried Pinemont Road and I got stuck.       Even with chains on his KLR, my brother didn't make it...

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The Latency of Morning

The Latency of Morning

It has been snowing for a week It snowed all last night It is snowing yet. My world, confined to what I can see, is a shapeless mass of amorphous heaps. A rumpled blanket hides the ground. Everything is pale and colorless. The paper birch, branches laced with snow,...

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Twice Savored

Twice Savored

This story first appeared in the Lit Select anthology Love Slave: Sizzle Vol.5 March 2016 Ralph walked across the lobby to the phone, then hesitated, turned to walk away but stopped again after a few steps. Ralph was nervous. He and Clarice hadn't spoken for years....

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Words

Words

No matter how close you think you are to a person, there are things you can never say to them, neither truth nor fiction, not in earnest and certainly never in jest. Words can be a knife or more often, a cudgel. I knew that, but somehow chose to ignore it. I find...

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Mortality Waits

Mortality Waits

In the ominous gloom of predawn, behind and somewhere above the henhouse, an owl poses the question: “Who? Who, who?” Inside, the hens shuffle restlessly, murmuring their fears and discontent, unhappy to be awakened before sunup,...

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Pie Day: Mom’s Pies

Pie Day: Mom’s Pies

  Mom bakes all sorts of pies. Two of my favorites are her apple pie and her rhubarb pie. These are pretty straight forward fruit pie recipes, but they are consistently the best pies to be had. Tarting them up would only detract from their wholesome...

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Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

The hot toddy has long been a favorite cold weather libation around my house.  Easy, steaming hot, packed with vitamin C, sweet, sour, and alcoholic, its just gotta be good for you! Substitute liquors, try different sweeteners, use any citrus you feel like using;...

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Pieday: The Crust

Pieday: The Crust

          With the holidays upon us, my thoughts naturally turn toward pie. That's not really true. I think about pie all the time, but on holidays and special occasions, my mother's pies are a traditional part of the celebration. Her pies are worthy of celebration in...

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Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs This recipe pairs the subtle fruitiness of fresh chanterelles with the sweetness of dried apricots. When you arrange the mushrooms on the skewers, sandwich them between a dried apricot and a chunk of lamb, so the mushroom absorbs the flavor of the fruit...

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Flip

Flip

  Originally common in Colonial taverns and waterfront dives, flip is basically a beer hot toddy. Andy tells me it does nothing to improve the flavor of beer and I haven’t found anyone who actually likes it, but the drink is steeped in history and it is fun to...

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