Dragons of Spring Dawning

The books of the Chronicles Trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman were released between November 1984 and November 1985. They were the first of many, many Dragonlance novels and were readily available, even in this very rural area, at a time when it wasn’t necessarily easy to find novels that weren’t romances or westerns. Needless […]

Lord of the Woods

Wood Kate. Indian Hen. Logcock. Or if you prefer, the drier, academic and more commonly used Pileated Woodpecker.

I realized as I was writing this that after using the word for at least 35 years—my Grandpa called them Indian Hens and I’m not sure I heard them called anything else until I was a teenager—I didn’t know […]

A Ghost in the Darkness

We knew there was a pair of Barred Owls in the area, probably nesting. They had been courting since February, the sounds of their softly hooted sweet nothings floating through the trees. So when a large bird flew in front of me in the quickly fading light, silhouetted against the still light western sky, and landed […]