Journal: 12-8-2019 | Duck Blind

“Perhaps no one but a hunter can understand how intense an affection a boy can feel for a piece of marsh…. I came home one Christmas to find that land promoters, with the help of the Corps of Engineers had dyked and drained my boyhood hunting grounds on the Mississippi river bottoms…. My hometown thought the community enriched by this change. I thought it impoverished.” – Aldo Leopold Companion to a Sand County Almanac.

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Journal: “Tend the Flame”


The most purpose I’ve ever felt was with a pen in my hand- with words like whispers, dancing across my knuckles. Read More

Brown Dog Book Review: The Dry and Force of Nature


Wanted to sneak in a couple mini reviews from my latest discovery: (2) of Jane Harper’s novels –  The Dry and Force of Nature. FYI: now I’m a solid Aaron Falk fan.

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Brown Dog Book Review: Current TBR

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Mid-Missouri has finally decided it’s fall and I. Could. Not. Be. Happier!

I noticed today that certain trees around the house are starting to change, pecans are on the ground, I’m craving chili, and I have a current TBR to match my favorite “dark + moody autumn nights” vibe.

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Journal: “So God Made a Farmer’s Wife”

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And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a safe-keeper.” So God made a farmer’s wife. Read More

Journal: “Spring Flood”

Home always smells different when the water is high.

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Journal: “Time to Forget”

“When I call to mind my earliest impressions, I wonder whether the process ordinarily referred to as growing up is not actually a process of growing down; whether experience, so much touted among adults as the thing children lack, is not actually a progressive dilution of the essentials by the trivialities of living. This much at least is sure: my earliest impressions of wildlife and its pursuit retain a vivid sharpness of form, color, and atmosphere that half a century of professional wildlife experience has failed to obliterate or to improve on.” (A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold, 1949)

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