Duck of Earl

“Oh m’god, what is THAT?!” This is the reaction of most folks who meet The Duck of Earl for the first time. One friend mistook him for a large, concrete garden sculpture, until he moved. A few have been surprised to find him standing suddenly behind them, making a noise like those raptors in Jurassic…

SMALL THINGS, GREAT LOVE

This is the time of year I always start worrying about the animals. It’s utterly foolish, I know, but when the cold winds start to overtake the land, I start wishing that the deer could have carport shelters from the ice rains. That the squirrels will have a warm nest. That the birds’ feet won’t…

THE GREAT TURKEY CAPER

He filled my arms like a 50-pound sack of snakes, squirming and terribly strong. “Carter, I don’t know if I can lift him up,” I gasped, winded from the effort of containing him. “God, he’s so darn strong!” “Watch out for his beak. And his spurs. His feet are huge,” my husband cautioned. I had never been…