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Dave Driftless

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Ceaselessly seeking out non-fiction writing on almost any topic, Dave can carry almost forty pounds of books in the pannier pack on his bicycle and knows all the librarians at his local public library by their first names.

RIP Peter Matthiessen

Award Winning Author Dies at Age 86 The author in 2008. Following an acclaimed career spanning six decades, author Peter Matthiessen passed away on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86 while waiting for the publication of his final novel.  Twice winner of National Book Awards for The Snow Leopard (1980-General Non-Fiction) and Shadow Country (2008-Fiction) – the only writer to have won the award for both fiction and non-fiction – Matthiessen is rightly remembered as one of the most respected nature writers of his time. Studying English and Zoology at Yale and subsequently co-founding The Paris [...]

April 8th, 2014|

Spring is Finally Here!

Welcome Home, Feathered Friends! The majestic sandhill crane, a sure sign of spring in Wisconsin. Maybe more than anything else – at least here in the regularly glaciated state of Wisconsin – it’s the arrival of various birds that serve as the most reliable evidence that spring is finally on the way.  No matter how cold it is or how much ice and snow continue to cover our sloppy brown landscape, sometime in March, the robins, red-wing blackbirds, sandhill cranes, turkey vultures, Canada geese and assorted other migrants finally arrive.  I often wonder how they can appear so [...]

March 25th, 2014|

Little Free Library Series — House of Sand and Fog

Don't try this at home... Ready for battle? The populace was in panic mode.  All the schools were closed and a nasty blast of polar air was engulfing the entire Midwest.  A perfect day for a visit to a Little Free Library – open day and night every day of the year no matter what the weather.  With a predawn temperature of 17°F below zero – add wind gusts of 20mph to make for a -39°F wind chill – I piled on all the layers I could find, grabbed my reluctant camera and headed out. The ice and [...]

January 12th, 2014|