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Possumhaw: Observations of a crappie fisherman

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

When the lakes, creeks and rivers fill up and when the flowers bloom and the grasses green Sam's out to find the first crappie "spawners." Every few days the big brown delivery truck leaves a package from "Monk's Crappie," Sam's favorite fishing supplier.

 

Possumhaw: Harbingers of spring

Posted 2/13/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, in the early morning, daffodils were standing 4 inches tall, topped with buds.

 

Possumhaw: Oh, for the love of cats

Posted 2/4/2017 in Local Columns

Roy walked into the Oktibbeha County Courthouse and said he'd been reading about my animals, the cats, ducks and rabbits. Said he wasn't much of a cat person though. Then he started telling me about his cat.

 

Possumhaw: A world gone crass

Posted 1/30/2017 in Local Columns

Sometimes the world is too much with me, making me forever grateful for things that bring me joy.

 

Possumhaw: A couple of lucky dogs

Posted 1/23/2017 in Local Columns

It's not easy being a cat person in a canine world. Sitting on the porch while studying and occasionally letting my eyes and thoughts wander over to the lake or into the woods, I noticed the cats pouncing on butterflies.

 

Possumhaw: Wintering well in the Prairie

Posted 1/16/2017 in Local Columns

Stepping off the front porch, I saw the season's first blooming dandelion.

 

Possumhaw: Social order of buzzards

Posted 1/9/2017 in Local Columns

Who knew there was a pecking order among buzzards? First off, we don't actually have buzzards here in the Prairie; we just call them buzzards.

 

Possumhaw: To reap what you sew

Posted 1/2/2017 in Local Columns

What if a New Year's resolution had more to do with finding your passion than restricting your diet, exercising more or spending less?

 

Shannon Bardwell: The not-buying-it resolution

Posted 12/26/2016 in Local Columns

Last year's New Year's resolution didn't turn out as well as I had hoped or maybe it did in the long run.

 

Possumhaw: Good news of great joy

Posted 12/19/2016 in Local Columns

Carefully arranged on the table is the Nativity scene -- the tiny baby all glowing bright with Mary and Joseph kneeling peacefully beside the manger, and all around while angels are singing, the shepherds pose near the little drummer boy holding a lamb to give to the newborn king while three wise men enter bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh ...

 

Possumhaw: A winter of critters

Posted 12/12/2016 in Local Columns

I called out to Sam, "Come look. It looks like a platypus."

 

Possumhaw: The rains came down

Posted 12/5/2016 in Local Columns

After a season of prolonged drought, rain came to the Prairie in the form of storms.

 

Possumhaw: Dream a little dream of Christmas

Posted 11/28/2016 in Local Columns

'Tis the season for the onslaught of holiday catalogs. Some days I open the mailbox optimistically hoping I find a catalog or two. Perusing catalogs is a mindless activity that can transport one to another world, something akin to a "Take me away, Calgon" moment or an hour spent on Pinterest.

 

Possumhaw: Let's talk turkey

Posted 11/21/2016 in Local Columns

There's lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

 

Possumhaw: Then there was rain

Posted 11/14/2016 in Local Columns

Green circles created by circular sprinklers leave the front yard looking like alien spaceships landed. I told a friend deer have come closer to the house than ever before and they were eating the vegetation, pulling flowers from pots; even eating the palm tree fronds and nipping the pineapple plant.

 

Possumhaw: Soaking in quietness

Posted 11/7/2016 in Local Columns

My "stay-cation" came and went like a dream, as did the quiet.

 

Possumhaw: A time of quiet reverie

Posted 10/31/2016 in Local Columns

Looking down from my perch at the upstairs window I could see Harry, the cat, sitting on the bridge over the spillway-his favorite spot.

 

Possumhaw: Oh starry, starry night

Posted 10/17/2016 in Local Columns

Dark was the night, darker the trees. Only the moon allowed me to see ...

 

Possumhaw: Successful soil and seeding

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Lady Bird Johnson Planting has always been pretty much hit or miss around here.

 

Possumhaw: A time to plant

Posted 10/1/2016 in Local Columns

 

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