Rick Watson

5 days 18 hours ago
Life is messy. The view from the highroad is more scenic, but there are always detours, and I find myself on bumpy roads more than I woud like.  One part of doing right is being kind to Mother Nature’s critters. A good example is when I wrote recently about relocating the chicken snake caught in the nest of the henhouse, instead of...
1 week 6 days ago
How is it that machines instinctively know the absolute worse time to break down? I think they have a type of mechanical intelligence that we humans can not comprehend. We have out-of-town company coming tomorrow, and our air conditioner decided to take vacation. On Monday morning, I was in the yard tending to our new baby chicks when I...
2 weeks 5 days ago
The cold winter, followed by spring monsoons, teamed up to help me form some new habits. Had they been good ones, I would be as happy as a clam in a gin and tonic, but the habits I developed were only suitable for slugs.  The habit of walking each morning was the first casualty, but the list is long and slothful. At first, I could not...
3 weeks 5 days ago
One thing I have learned through the years is that farming is not for wimps. In the scheme of things, our farm is tiny, but it still takes a lot of work. We have chickens, dogs, a small orchard, a nice garden and an impressive collection of Japanese Beetles, cutworms and other vermin. It is a constant battle, but it is worth it. Each year we...
4 weeks 5 days ago
Summer is here. Back in December, the hourglass flipped and daylight gradually grew longer until this week when it flipped in the other direction.  The meaning of summer for me has changed through the years. During junior high school, summers meant endless hours fishing, swimming, and floating down the river like a turtle on a drifting...
5 weeks 5 days ago
There is an old saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” As I look around our home, many people would say most of our things fall into the junk category, and that would probably be true, if it were not for the stories behind them. There is a plant in the corner of our deck that we have had as long as we have...
6 weeks 5 days ago
Breakfast is my favorite meal. That is not to say that I do not love hamburgers, fish, steak, pork chops, vegetables, fruit, grains and most breads, but the aroma of frying bacon can rouse me from a deep sleep. The only two things I do not like are tripe (made from a cow’s stomach) and fish bait (sushi, calamari, anchovies, and all that...
7 weeks 5 days ago
I have read that high-school students have ringtones set to very high frequencies so that older teachers can not hear the cell phones ring. Another cruel trick that time plays is a sound that only older people can hear. It is the sound of life rushing by. I can hear it as I type these words. Something that seems to come more frequently with...
8 weeks 5 days ago
A sepia-toned photograph of me sat on the corner of my mother’s mantle for as long as I can remember. I would not take anything for that picture. It was taken in the spring of 1956 when my family lived in Hammond, Indiana.  When the bottom fell out of the job market here in Alabama in the mid 1950s, we moved up north so my dad...
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