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January 2016 vol 11 no 4

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Carolyn Coit Dancy

Breaking News

Initially, it was reported that a Holstein had been picked up and spun around a few times before landing on her feet. Apparently, the cow appeared rather dazed, but otherwise was fine. Some speculated that she’d probably produce buttermilk.

Additional reports trickled in: a tool shed had its roof ripped off and a few bicycles were removed to a neighbor’s yard. In our yard, the micro-burst had downed a century-old weeping willow.

This willow was the first tree to leaf out in Spring and the last to drop its leaves in Autumn. It provided shade for the picnic table on hot July days. And when the kids were young, its largest limb held a rope swing for launching them into the lake.

Our greatest loss, however, was the kingfisher. Every morning he came to perch on a high limb overhanging the water. After waiting for the longest time, he would suddenly dive head-first and snatch a fish, every time without fail.

water's edge –
the moonrise