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Daffy Ducks?


Ducks run amok on a road in Thailand.

Ducks run amok on a road in Thailand.

Why did 100,000 ducks cross the street? Not certain why, but one thing’s for sure, at some point they were trying to get to the other side.
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The Hobbes Experiment: Close Encounters of the Purr Kind


Hobbes and Frankie spy each other through the door.

Hobbes and Frankie spy each other through the door.

Not everything went well with week two of the experiment with Hobbes, a feral cat who we’re trying to rehabilitate.
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The Hobbes Experiment


Wouldn't it be loverly if Hobbes the cat is a diamond in the rough?

Wouldn’t it be loverly if Hobbes the cat is a diamond in the rough?

Henry Higgins educated Eliza Doolittle, transforming her from a Cockney flower girl to a lady in My Fair Lady. Can I do the same with a cat?
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Leo and Whitey: Best friends till the bitter end


Leo respected and loved Whitey in a way most humans couldn't imagine was possible..

Leo respected and loved Whitey in a way most humans couldn’t imagine was possible.

Every now and then you come across an unusual friendship that challenges natural laws and beliefs.  A love story of sorts that’s as simple and as real as it gets.
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Who are these bugs and what are they doing?


Hello! A couple of bugs doing... something outside my window.

Hello! A couple of bugs doing… something outside my window.

This is the sight I came across when I opened the curtains to my living room window this morning. My reaction was a lot like William Shatner’s in the Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”
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You can’t fool Mother Nature


Roadway surrounding the Danbury Fair Mall is flooded and impassable. Not an uncommon occurrence after it rains. —Patricia Gay photo

Roadway surrounding the Danbury Fair Mall is flooded and impassable. Not an uncommon occurrence after it rains. —Patricia Gay photo

When I went to Macy’s at the Danbury Fair Mall last week, I would have been better off driving a DUKW (Duck) truck instead of my old Ford Taurus. The roadway surrounding the mall, as usual after heavy rain, was completely flooded and impassable.
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National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day


Dark chocolate-covered cashews

Dark chocolate-covered cashews

April 21 is National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day. Sounds like another made up holiday for the benefit of merchants. But still, chocolate-covered cashews are definitely a decadent indulgence, at least worth eating a few today.
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My crocuses have croaked


Crocus

A crocus that greeted me on Saturday. Now buried in snow.

Welcome to New England. Where it’s spring one minute and winter the next.
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Springtime is singtime for chorus frogs


Hoppy, the gray tree frog, is ready for his spring awakening.

Hoppy, the gray tree frog, is ready for his spring awakening. —Betsy Peyreigne photo

It doesn’t matter what the groundhog says and it doesn’t matter what the calendar says. It’s spring when the chorus frogs sing.
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Write your own obituary


To celebrate your life, write your own obituary.

To celebrate your life, write your own obituary.

Preparing for one’s death is not easy. No one wants to think about it, dwell on it, or ultimately accept it. But it’s going to happen. It may happen late in life, or it may happen much sooner than expected. One never knows.

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