New Buffalo: The Movie

(New Buffalo, Michigan) Martin Scorsese, eat your heart out as you watch New Buffalo: The Moviefilmed entirely on location in the final minutes of April 16, 2014:

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By the light o’ the moon

The full moon Tuesday night encouraged Mother Nature to get a goin' here in Michigan.

The full moon Tuesday night encouraged Mother Nature to get a goin’ here in Michigan.

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Show Cat

Our cat, Jaqui Jackson, does not have the right pedigree for the fancy cat shows, but she shows us every day what a class-cat she really is.  To wit:

Jaqui does her cougar impersonation on the wood pile.

Jaqui does her cougar impersonation on the wood pile.

I knew I could do my snow leopard routine in April.

I knew I could do my snow leopard routine in April.

And now for Act III: the cat at leisure, with the humans waiting to serve my every need.

And now for Act III: the cat at leisure, with the humans waiting to serve my every need.

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Hot to trot

(Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan) The resident flock of Wild Turkeys was in full display Tuesday after dinner and definitely thinking spring despite the falling thermometer.  While the Wild Turkey is common and increasing in open woodlands, meleagris gallopavo is still a wonder to behold in the wild, or, in this case, not-so-wild.  No wonder Ben Franklin wanted to name the turkey our national bird.

Two went one way, while the others . . .

Two went one way, while the others . . .

. . . got worked up in the shade on the other side of the road.

. . . got worked up in the shade on the other side of the road.

"Look, pal, I saw her first, and unless you want to end up in a club sandwich, you'd better lay off."

“Look, pal, I saw her first, and unless you want to end up in a club sandwich, you’d better lay off.”

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The Cruellest Month

Snow 1; daffodils 0.  But the game ain't over 'til it's over.  Ah, April, ain't it grand?

Snow 1; daffodils 0. But the game ain’t over ’til it’s over. Ah, April, ain’t it grand?

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Shy, woodland creature

When walking in the woods, one should always turn about occasionally to see just who might be following.

When walking in the woods, one should always turn about occasionally to see just who might be following.

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Final Movement

Blacked Out

Flash Fiction

by Charles McKelvy

IMG_5954They invaded his beloved country, and then they commanded him to give a command performance at the Grand Concert Hall in the shell-shocked capital city.

Failure to appear, they said, would result in the total destruction of his village, the burning of the crops, and the execution of his every known family member, friend, and associate. While, of course, he watched.

So, on the night specified, he stepped out on stage at the Grand Concert Hall, dressed entirely in black.

He nodded curtly at the military men in their dress uniforms in the first 20 rows and in all the boxes, and then he went to the grand piano and took his customary seat.

Then, as the audience held their collective breath, the world-renowned pianist removed a marker from his pocket and blacked-out each and every ivory key.

He marked with care, and he did not stop until he was satisfied that every speck of white had been blacked-out.

Then he arose without a word and strode off stage without a word or even a cursory nod.

That was, they have been saying ever since, the day the music died.

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