Animals, Articles, Nature

National Pet Memorial Day

Most of us have had pets that we have loved and lost. On the 13th September is National Pet Memorial Day, and it offers you a moment to think about a pet that loved. Many of us don’t like to go there because of the sadness it can bring us. So why not use this… Continue reading National Pet Memorial Day

Animals, Nature

I’m Scared of Mice!

by Karen J MossmanI don’t know exactly when I became afraid of mice. Perhaps it was my mum telling me she heard a mouse trap snap in the night, then lay awake hearing the whoosh- whoosh of it being dragged across the floor. Or it could have been my sister who kept mice as pets… Continue reading I’m Scared of Mice!

Animals, Articles, Nature

The Chicken Farm

by Jane Finch A few years ago I decided I would like to keep chickens. However, instead of buying pedigree chickens, I rescued some from a battery farm. I had seen pictures of them kept in small cages, never seeing the light of day, never feeling the sun on their backs, and never feeling the… Continue reading The Chicken Farm

Articles, Nature

Musings on a dark and stormy night

In the face of the hurricane heading toward Florida, John Guzzardo thinks about the grammar police. Something that is always on the tail of us writers.

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Watching Hurricane Dorian plod slowly along up the Florida coast, I’m reminded of some of the difficult times which writers often face. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of portrayals of “the life the writer,” and the pseudo-glamorous world of indie authors. Much like the “what my friends think” memes, Dorian gave me the opportunity to think about what it really means to be a writer and an author.

To be honest, you really have to love writing to be even try to be professional writer because, odds are, it will suck. Even the late Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame got in the occasion dig on writers through Snoopy’s frequest “it was a dark and stormy night” gag which, sad to say, has become the stereotypical opening to spot a really lousy writer. That said, here are a few things which crossed…

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Animals, Articles, Nature, Places

Island Tales

When I came to live on this island, we had a dog. It was fun exploring, but sadly she was old and our adventures were limited. When she died, we were never getting another one. Eight months later, we thad Tilly, another Yorkshire terrier. This time a puppy, as Jodie was a rescue dog, coming… Continue reading Island Tales

Nature

A Chance Encounter

By Jennifer Deese   The day started bright and sunny, her coffee was smooth, just the way she loved it. The outside beckoned. Her need to submerge herself in Mother Nature's earthly embrace was poignant and urgent. Roxie quickly finished her morning routine and donned the active wear she preferred for hikes along the mountain trails… Continue reading A Chance Encounter

Animals, Nature

A Baby Butterfly

by Karen J. Mossman Another story from my mum, who found a chrysalis in the garden. She brought it inside and put it into a jam jar and added some foliage.  For days she watched the butterfly grow in its cocoon sand reported back to me on its progress. "I can see it moving, inside,"… Continue reading A Baby Butterfly