Living with a garden full of critters

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy If you live in the country, and especially if you have a vegetable garden, you probably have a couple of Havahart traps around. In case you haven’t seen one, it’s a wire cage that closes when an animal walks in for the bait and trips the door,...

History is history — let it be

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Do what? Rename Fort Bragg, Calif., because it was named for the Confederate General Braxton Bragg? It has been suggested, but fortunately, it seems that wiser heads will prevail, and the town will retain its identity. Thank goodness. I would hate...

Summer synonymous with squash

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I had just asked my husband, “How do you want your squash tonight?” when the phone rang. It was a friend with the welcome message that she had just emailed me some squash recipes I might not have tried.  Since her husband, like mine, has never met...

Granddogs needed extra care July 4

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I suppose there are dogs somewhere who love thunderstorms and fireworks, but I have never known any. All the dogs I’ve ever shared space with have thought that loud noises and flashes of light in the sky are attacks on their personal beings. Back...

First-time tanagers welcomed

Views and Review by Jean McCamy I am an avid birdwatcher; not the kind that wears hiking boots and binoculars around my neck, but the kind that sits at my kitchen table looking out the window at all the beautiful visitors to our feeders. I never tire of the regular parade of...

Summer’s more than heat

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Yep, it’s summer. Or maybe it’s SUMMER; capital letters sound hotter. I had almost managed to forget the last spell of weather we had when the thermometer hovered near the 100-degree mark, but it is certainly more than a memory now. The current...

Wanted: Anti-telemarketing device

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I just got three robo-calls in less than an hour, and they weren’t even the first ones of the day. That is both ridiculous and infuriating. I fail to understand why, if our government can have access to every whipstitch of our personal information...

It’s the worst of times, again

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Ithink that whenever we groan at yet another action, or inaction, of our elected officials, or yet another campaign soundbite, we feel as if we are caught in the worse political web ever. However, if you listen to the voices of the past, people...

Use past to move forward

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I have never understood the compulsion to name buildings for people. If somebody pays for the building and it makes him (or her) happy to have his (or her) name emblazoned across the front in big letters, I guess that’s OK. But why can’t a library...

Looking at two green dots

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I feel like Frankie. In one of the early episodes of Netflix’s new series, Grace and Frankie, Frankie, an artist, paints two green dots on a canvas — and stops and stares at them. During the episode, she returns several times and stares at them...

A horse is a horse unless of course his name is … Potoooooooo?

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy What’s in a name? Quite a lot, if you’re a racehorse. Naming a thoroughbred isn’t quite like going to the pound and rescuing a pet you can name anything you want to — from Aalborg to Zyzzyva. The 43-page American Stud Book of Rules and Regulations...

Disliking grammar police patrols

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy There are a lot of “grammar police” around. I saw a piece on TV’s CBS Sunday Morning about a computer engineer in California who has gone through Wikipedia and changed every “comprised of” to “composed of.” There were over 16,000 of them. I didn’t...