Woodland Tech

We’re just past the peak of fall color. On my hilltop, the hues of crimson and chartreuse are giving way to dusky birch bark and the smell of downed leaves. On a morning hike there’s a satisfying crunch of leaves underfoot. Close your eyes and it could be today, or some version of today 200 […]

Iced Coffee

It all started with a cup of coffee. Here in the wilds of Brown County, it’s mid-winter, and the weather has been on the colder side of miserable. When it’s below zero with ice and snow shin-deep, it’s that cup of coffee that keeps my wife fueled, thawed and happy. And on this particular day […]

Christmas Star

On December 21st, the evening of the winter solstice, Teresa and I wanted to see the Great Conjunction. The astronomical event where Jupiter and Saturn line up to make an impressive light in the night sky. While technically planets, many were calling it The Christmas Star. Around sunset that evening we realized that we wouldn’t […]

Cemetery Island

My name is Jefferson, and this is my true ghost story. Some say there’s a difference between legend and lore. I suppose it’s up to you to decide. Ya see, ‘round about 1953 the state got the idea to dam up Bean Blossom Creek to make a new water source for Bloomington. It was finished […]

Ghost Kid

My name is Tom, and this is my true ghost story: I never paid much mind to it. Since I moved in a couple years ago, sometimes my dog would bark at the door of my spare bedroom. Growl a little bit. I figured he was just getting a little old and weird like the […]

Keys and New Cars

I have embraced woodland life in many ways since moving to Brown County. In some ways I’ve really personified the stereotype. I chop my own wood, hunt mushrooms, drive a tractor, I even own a pickup truck. I’ve had several actually, and as my wife says, my life seems somehow incomplete unless I have some […]

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