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  • But wait, there’s more!

    Awwww what? A post? Gah, it’s been a long time. Yes, this does mean your Very Favorite Blog is coming back, and SOON! I just need a minute to sort things out. So this page is gonna look silly for a few days until I get everything looking and working like I want it (note […]

  • The Dog
  • Puddles in Pensacola

    Before our weekend trip to Pensacola, Florida, Penny was already an interstate traveler, as she visited the Wildflower Trails Festival in Linden, Texas (at which there were no wildflowers or trails) in April. This, though, was a much longer trip – hours longer, even, than our trip to Mandeville earlier this year. We took the long […]

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  • Tick City, Louisiana (+ a surprise!)

    Palmer and I spent most of Saturday hiking Sugar Cane Trail around Caney Lake near Minden, Louisiana. It was a seven-mile proper Trek that didn’t offer much elevation, though it offered more than enough distance. It almost killed us, in fact. Okay, not really. We just weren’t quite prepared for how far that was. I […]

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  • We climbed a mountain!

    Okay, that’s kind of a lie. It’s not technically a lie because “mountain” is actual name of the place. This “mountain,” though, really only qualifies as a largish hill. The actual hiking elevation was less than 200 feet, and the whole hill tops out at a whopping 535. So I jumped onto a bench by the […]

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  • Betty Virginia Park is STILL my favorite in Shreveport

    When I was a kid, I lived for Betty Virginia Park. Okay, that and Hamel’s, but we’ll talk about that another time. Betty Virginia was the queen of parks. It had the Biggest and the Best playground equipment, which, as we know, was all that really mattered. Remember the rocketship? GAH! The rocketship! (Luckily, Shreveport-based Sweet […]

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  • More about fungi than I ever wanted to know

    Several months ago, I happened to look out my bedroom window during a rainstorm to see a tree bubbling. Really bubbling. I spent a few minutes wondering what in the world it could be, but I didn’t pursue it and eventually forgot about it – until I realized the tree had died. Really, these trees […]

  • The Dog
  • How had I never been to Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park?

    It’s a beautiful day. A clear blue sky and a break from the South’s rainy season. Penny and I had to take advantage of it. Penny and I go hiking about once a week, but we’re what I call Level One Hikers. The Red River National Wildlife Refuge‘s yellow trail was the longest and nature-iest trail we’d […]

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  • Let’s try this again…

    Yeah, yeah, it’s been a while. We’ve had a couple of false starts, but we’re going to get back on track…right? The truth is that I haven’t been reading much lately. Hardly anything, really. In my defense, I’ve been busy. Besides work, I’ve started a second round of grad school (this one is Thesis Monster-free!), […]

  • Book Blog
  • 2016 Book #1: The 5th Wave

    This is what happens when I see a pretty disaster pr0n movie trailer and think I’ll like the book because of it. Okay, it’s not terrible: it’s run-of-the-mill post-apocalyptic YA. You know what to expect. In my defense, I didn’t know it was YA until I picked it up at the library and saw the YA […]

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  • 2015: The Year in Books

    2015 has been an interesting year. I’ve been really busy, mostly because of dogs. That and an extended foray into Minecraft from which I only recently returned. Books were on the back burner this year. I only blogged about fifteen of them, but I read forty-two, according to Goodreads. That’s a little shy of my annual […]