Said and Done

Said and Done: Turtle tales worth the telling

Thursday, August 6, 2015

For a good many years Ruth Cook rules the roost in Gill’s Town Hall. Ruth Cook was a modest old lady, who would never have thought of herself as a “roost - ruler.” Fact is that nothing with a dollar sign attached, no property transfer, no bridge in need of repair, no right-of-way, moved without her notice. She worked for the Selectmen, and kept an eye on anything and everything … 0

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the town of Fonda in New York State, there are deep pits in the side of a hill. If you work at it, you can scrape and scrabble in the earth around those pits and scratch up what in the geologists’ language are “Herkimer diamonds.” Some of these “diamonds” are double-terminated, pointed … 1

Be inspired or panic, but at least look

Thursday, June 4, 2015

At the height of a tumultuous blow at sea, I asked a “regular” navy man how he felt when he first experienced rough weather. He looked at me to see if I was pulling his leg. When he saw I was not, he gave me this answer: “Well,” he said, “I knew right … 0

Said & Done: We have missed something

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Possum sitting on a hick’ry limb Hie-away, hie-away home. The buckshot makes short work of him — Hie-away, hie-away home. Put him on a spit and roast him sweet, And then he’s fit for a king to eat. … 0

Said & Done: Water water everywhere, but how do you supply a naval vessel with some to drink?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A letter has come here from a Boston correspondent who reports he found a recent Recorder Thanksgiving issue especially good reading. He noted that he, like so many county veterans, celebrated more than one Thanksgiving away from home during military duty days. He wondered then, and still wonders, … 0

Speaking of Nature: In deeper reverence, praise

Thursday, November 7, 2013

“We plow the fields and scatter The good seed on the land. And it is fed and watered By God’s almighty hand. He sends the snow in winter The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the … 0

Birders ... in a limited sense

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Three pileated woodpeckers flew in a column tracing capital in their undulating flight. One pileated woodpecker at a time is a fair rarity, three is a bonus. That sighting was made several years ago in the course of a hike in Vermont. it was in the fall when … 0

Said and Done 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Said & Done Paul Seamans We plow the fields and scatter The good seed on the land. And it is fed and watered By God’s almighty hand. He sends the snow in winter The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine And soft refreshing rain. … 0

Woodchucks: A cautionary tale

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Charlie Weeks, our New Hampshire neighbor, boasted one year that he had shot and killed more than 50 woodchucks that were stealing from his vegetable garden. Our faith in Charlie’s honesty thinned when Charlie added that he cooked and ate the animals that were robbing him. We have … 0

That bull, he’d seen it all before

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The first time we went to a county fair, we had a dollar to spend. Just what we spent it on, I don’t remember. I do remember that one of us spent a dime on a “chance” and it paid off. I have other memories of that fair, … 0

Said & Done: Life and foxes

Friday, September 6, 2013

The other day I ran over a chipmunk. It was not a small tragedy. It cost the animal its life. It has caused me considerable anguish. I still feel bad about it. I suppose you could say I hadn’t so much run over the chipmunk is that it … 0

Go where the wild geese go

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The best part of a trip to Boston is the drive back to Greenfield. Not that Boston lacks charm and attraction. It’s a fine place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Boston, or any other of our supersize cities, if … 0

A story of death, a story of life

Thursday, March 7, 2013

We pulled the car window down to witness an animal confrontation as funny as it was desperate. Two crows were doing their best to beat a squirrel out of an ear of corn. The squirrel was not to be intimidated. It had salvaged the corn from beneath snow … 0

Beware birdwatching with the experts ... it can be embarrassing

Monday, November 12, 2012

Three pileated woodpeckers flew in a column tracing capital in their undulating flight. One pileated woodpecker at a time is a fair rarity, three is a bonus. That sighting was made several years ago in the course of a hike in Vermont. it was in the fall when … 0

Santa Claus, fire & an ancient tree

Thursday, December 6, 2012

W e got home from church on Christmas Day to find Santa Claus standing on our chimney. From the top of our hill, half a mile away, before we plunged into the valley, we could see him clearly. It was only a glimpse, but enough to persuade us … 0