Mary Beth Writes

1/25/2024

Last week I invited you to submit pictures of animals who are visiting your life these days.

By far, this is the best picture and it is not a photograph - it's Karens desciption! "Yesterday morning, when I was shoveling the light, airy snow that fell overnight, I noticed coyote pawprints on the back sidewalk that traveled up to the front sidewalk and across the street to the woods. During the brutal -30 windchill a few days ago, a feral cat that lives in the neighborhood casually trotted down the road and into the woods like the weather was no big deal. Juncos, chickadees, sparrows, and woodpeckers were all over the suet."  Submitted by Karen K on January 20, 2024

Remember the deer in Rhonda’s backyard? Well, this week this guy showed up. I am reminded of a Thanksgiving dinner years ago. A handsome fellow like this showed up in our backyard. Our young nephew, son of his mighty hunter dad, saw the deer first. “Shoot him Daddy!”

These turkeys were and probably still are in Kathryn’s backyard. I also like to visit Kathryn’s yard and sometimes do this with friends, though never this many.

My niece Susan has been in California and Florida lately.

 Look at that temperature. Remember fifty degrees? Susan has a Facebook page in which she notices small, fine, often quirky moments in her life as a resident of and public-school teacher in LA. You can request to be her friend at https://www.facebook.com/susan.lawrence.568

 

This is my daughter’s small dog just back from a very cold Chicago walk.

Recently some grandkids visited us a few hours. This photo is of the activity one gets to do at my house. It’s called, technically, “Ingredients.” Give a kid leftovers (my grandson doesn’t like toast with jam? I’ve seen him scarf down red snapper, roasted broccoli and cauliflower - but jam and toast is unpleasant?), a cup of this, a ramekin of that, the gravy boat with water in it (not filled up, guess how I learned?) and tell the kid to make cupcakes for squirrels. This activity is like high stakes playdough.

This is a squirrel eating those cupcakes.

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That photo of the eagle at the start of this post? He is a preview of my Saturday Substack story. Len and I drove to Prairie du Sac last Sunday afternoon to see flocks of eagles. When we got there, there were only five although they were good ones.

My story is short and features a younger eagle who yearns.

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And this is a sea serpent pulpit, from 1750, in Dobroszow, Poland. Wow. 

Later, gator.

 

 

 

 

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I had no pictures of animals to send you but in a few short weeks, we will have hundreds of sandhill cranes in the fields around us ! I will get some pictures of them! That pulpit is kind of awesome!
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You KNOW I love sandhill cranes!

Wow. Got to wonder how the context of that pulpit affected messages delivered…makes preachers feel like Jonah?
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I wondered that, too. Preaching from the belly of the beast? The "whale" was where Jonah told God he wouldn't run away from God's calling anymore. And yet.. and yet.. the serpent pulpit is so CUTE!

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Three Things

4/20/2024

Three Things except it’s really more than that.

1. Earlier this year I read these two books by Palestinian writers and I recommend both. If you’ve read good books by Palestinian writers, maybe tell us about them in the comments?

The Confluence

4/17/2024 

(I’ve written about this trip before but it’s been a long time.)

In 2000 we did a wilderness canoe/kayak trip on Utah’s Green River. We did this with our three kids plus friends and their two sons. Our youngest was nine, the oldest was 16, and our combined three boys were slapdash goofballs.

Three Things / Story, Eclipse, Brando

1. I scheduled my Substack story to go out at 8AM this morning. I just looked to see why it didn’t show up and it says it is going to be sent at 8:49 tonight. I’m going to leave it like that. Maybe 9PM on a weekend night is a good time to send short fiction. Let me know if you have an opinion.

2. I read this quote by Marlon Brando who said this early in his career. “I’m not afraid of anything and I don’t love money.”

Even though this is probably not exactly true of me and you, I do love the bravado.

Peace Like a River / Book Report

4/3/2024 She Writes

I just finished reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger and I am going to talk about it for a little bit before I forget how profoundly interesting and evocative this book was and is, at least to me.

I get emails from Boswell Bookstore (2559 N Downer Ave in Milwaukee). They host artist events pretty often and Monday evening, April 15th Len and I will be there for the Author Evening with Leif Enger. You can look up more of the details if you are interested. (Tickets are free but you need to reserve them.)

My Grandkids & 'Wandering Stars'

4/1/2024

The past month has been jam-packed. The week in Mineral Point. Len’s two-day seminar in Chicago. Last week we had various grandkids here for three overnighters and yesterday our family came to Easter dinner here in our house which was clean after a week with grandkid overnighters so you know that was a piece of cake. Len smoked two hams (yes, hard to keep them lit) and I made the largest amounts of from-scratch scalloped potatoes plus macaroni and cheese that I have ever made. As in, I grated four pounds of cheese Saturday afternoon. “On Wisconsin.”

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