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Power, pain, and psychopathy

In 2011, I submitted a joke to the public radio show “Prairie Home Companion” for inclusion in the annual “Joke Show,” and it got in! (A small claim to fame, perhaps, but I’ll take it.) Here it is:

“Knock knock!”

“Who’s there?”

“Bush and Cheney tortured.”

“Bush and Cheney tortured who?”


TRR photo by Scott Rando

This orphaned bear cub is being re-introduced to an existing family of cubs by PA Game Commission staff. It is hoped that the mother will accept the new cub as one of her own. It is unknown how the cub became orphaned in the first place.

Youngsters in trouble

Spring is looked upon as the renewal of life; in the wild, most animals are breeding, and many species have young walking along with parents or in the nest, in the case of birds. Newly born or hatched young are much more vulnerable than the adults, and nature typically provides some protection for these young.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Carlos Holden and Amber Schmidt are well cast in the SCDW production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” now playing at the Rivoli in South Fallsburg, NY.

A man for all seasons

I would never call myself fashionable. Sure, I look in the mirror before I leave the house—but I’m often at a loss as to what to wear and far more concerned with my mop of hair, grateful that it still sprouts from my head in unruly abundance.


TRR photos by Kristin Barron

Trailing arbutus

Thanksgiving in May

One of the lesser valued pursuits of spring is the annual cleaning out of the freezer.

This job clears the way for ice pops and ice cream during the summer months. And it is how it has come to be that I am roasting a turkey on this fine, mild spring day.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

A blaze of bright yellow along regional roadways at this time of year typically signals the presence of the cheerful flowers of coltsfoot. This sunny bloomer favors gravelly roadsides and waste places. Flowers precede the appearance of leaves thought to resemble a colt’s foot.

Harbingers of spring

Much to our collective relief, the local landscape is brightening with color as spring sweeps her painterly brush across the lackluster view we became accustomed to while wintry weather lingered a little too long.

May

I’ve always wished there was enough free time and adequate resources to take the month of May off and just go fishing. Most of us can’t do that, but we can fantasize.


Nine-year-old Megan was armed with a lightsaber and her droid, BB-8, at the E.B. Crawford Library Star Wars Jedi Training Workshop, held on May the Fourth. Get it?

Put on a happy face

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people through the media and local events.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Painted turtles are among the first reptiles to be seen in the spring. They can frequently be seen basking on logs or on the shore of lakes and ponds. A suitable log may host a dozen turtles as they seek the warm rays of the sun.

If you don’t like the weather, blink

April is the first full month in spring, and she can be one of the most changeable months of the year weather-wise. A few days of balmy, sunny warmth can be followed by near blizzard conditions.

Entropy resolved

Packing up your life to make it look better to other people is one of the dreariest of jobs. Also back-breaking, irritating and illuminating of things you don’t want illuminated.

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