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When Doves Fly

The trill of the mourning dove is a sad sound to some people, but to me it has a calming effect, almost like an avian lullaby. The doves mate for life and there are two pairs that have been hanging … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: The Call of the Loons

We who hail from the North always look forward to the return of the loon; its haunting cry and wild laugh is the epitome of our hopes and dreams. Loon is the dream totem; the symbol that all your dearest … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day – Eastern Bluebird

Spring has come late this year. I was walking my dogs in the field behind the horse pasture the other day, amid all the brown and beige winter grasses and dried stems snapping under my feet. When I looked up, … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day! – A Painting a Day

In the interest of a peaceful coexistence, I painted a chickadee sitting on my climbing rose. At this time of year, it isn’t much to look at. But the birds have enjoyed the rose hips through the winter. This is … Continue reading

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Save Our Great Lakes! (Shut Down Line 5)

Last night I was invited to a private screening of, “Beneath the Surface – the Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes” – the new documentary film by Detroit Public Television. It revealed some new information about the Canadian company … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: Goldfinch on Ice

Yesterday, following the ice storm, I spied this goldfinch in a lilac bush, already transitioning to his summer hue of violent yellow. He looked quite out of place, but wasn’t the least bit embarrassed about it. So I painted him. … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: Red Fox Watercolor

The red fox moves through the willows looking for an errant bird to snag. The spring is so early that he hasn’t even shed his winter coat yet. But the colors are all about the bloom. This watercolor is no … Continue reading

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Don’t Poke the Bear

The first child born on Drummond Island to the Bailey family, Alda Anne grew up in the 1880’s with a pack of brothers in the lumber camps. Drummond then was covered in trees; massive columns so tall they obscured the … Continue reading

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Great Stories for Young Readers

My parents were lovers of books. Dad especially was a voracious reader. He would often keep two or three books going on at once. Mom’s appetite for books was more perfunctory. She enjoyed stories and had a collection of Reader’s … Continue reading

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Eagles and Hawks and Lead Poisoning

So everyone knows that lead ammunition just about wiped out the California condors. However, between lead poisoning and DDT, we nearly lost the bald eagle in the lower 48 states.     I’m illustrating this little blog soapbox with some … Continue reading

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