Category Archives: Steward

Merry Christmas William

My son William is spending this Christmas in South Africa with fellow biologist, Vervet monkeys and lots of other wildlife. In the words of Yoda, “Living his dream he is.” William is “a volunteer working for the Inkawu Vervet Project, … Continue reading

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Blazing Trails

“Blazing Trails.” Do you know what the phrase means? In some cases, it means: to go where no man has gone before break new ground seek a new path navigate uncharted waters Or  it can mean to mark a trail … Continue reading

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Take it Outside: Bon Voyage to the Birds

                      “The red-winged blackbird is the true harbinger of spring.” This is a sentence I repeat at least two or three times a year. I first hear it at the Connecticut … Continue reading

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Go Wild!

Go wild. It’s time. Summer vacation is in full swing at our house. With so much time together, occasionally, Stephen and Aurora get on each others nerves. One day last week, I heard one of the calls of summering children, … Continue reading

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A Bluebird for Millie

“I want to catch a bluebird for Millie,” Stephen declared one day after school. “Catching a bluebird might be tricky. Maybe you could help Millie create a bluebird environment at her house. If she’s successful, a pair of bluebirds might … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines  I gave a hundred Valentines. A hundred, did I say? I gave a thousand Valentines one cold and wintery day. I didn’t put my name on them or any other words because my Valentines were seeds for February birds. Aileen … Continue reading

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Swallows

Two years ago, Dave, Aurora, and Stephen received a generous invitation. A man at our yacht club offered to take them to the grasslands of the Connecticut River to see some birds—swallows. My family never refuses a ride on a … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Barking Frog Farm

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Christmas 1994 to Christmas 2013

While looking through old photographs, I came across one that I had used for my Christmas card in 1994. My son William was two-years-old and in love with animals. He played with toy animals, we read stories about animals, and … Continue reading

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One Step at a Time

The summit of Mount Monadnock was our goal on a sunny summer day. Friday night we camped at Monadnock State Park at the foot of this popular mountain. Monadnock is said to be the world’s third most climbed mountain, behind Japan’s … Continue reading

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