Monthly Archives: May 2021

TRAIL BOSS

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SUITABLE FOR FRAMING

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FERN WOODS

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100 YEARS AGO

One hundred years ago, on May 29, 1921, there came into the world a soul named Hannah Macfarlan. Hannah, who would go on to be the mother of three and grandmother of six, wanted to live to be 100. And … Continue reading

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EYE PIECE.10

EYE PIECE.10by Charles McKelvy, Obl. OSB May 25, 2021, Back in the swim at South Shore Health & Racquet Club It is two weeks to the day since my second cataract surgery, and I’m back in the swim. I last … Continue reading

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DIE GESELLSCHAFT VON KATZEN

Life with Charley:Die Gesellschaft von Katzenby Charles McKelvy Now that I’m officially a seventy-something, I can paraphrase the immortal words of one of my favorite writers, Kurt Vonnegut.Yes, the late, great Mr. Vonnegut told an appreciative audience in Dowagiac, Mich. … Continue reading

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BITSY THE BIRDER

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THE OL’ SWIMMIN’ HOLE

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FoF.8

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley)Chapter Eight: Display of Fireworks When the White Sox saw that the Tigers had put a tough tuxedo cat on the field—to join the battle—they all laughed hysterically. HYSTERICALLY!!!!They … Continue reading

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FoF.7

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley)Chapter Seven: Cat’s Out of the Bag So there I was, in the Tigers’ dugout, enjoying the game, up close and personal.From the safe, secure vantage point of the … Continue reading

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FoF.6

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley)Chapter Six: Cat’s in the Bag You’re probably wondering how I got into the ballpark, right?Right!Of course, you are. So here’s how it went, see:While Nancy the nuthatch was … Continue reading

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FoF.6

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley)Chapter Five: Land/Sea/Air/Land Adventure Let me tell you:When you enlist the supernatural services of that little bird known as Nancy the nuthatch, you’re in for one wild ride.In my … Continue reading

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GRADUATION DAY

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FoF.4

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley)Chapter Four: Nancy the Nuthatch, at Your Service And with that, the little nuthatch said: “Nancy the nuthatch, at your service.”“You?!?” I exclaimed. “You can help me—a big, bad … Continue reading

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FoF.3

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley)Chapter Three: Don’t Eat Me, and I’m Yours No gulls on the line.Not a one.But then this little nuthatch of a birdie landed on the deck and says to … Continue reading

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FoF.2

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley)Chapter Two: See the Sea Cat See any so-called sea cats around?No?Look again.See that picture? Yeah, the one of the studly black-and-white, totally cool tuxedo cat. Yeah, the one … Continue reading

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FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOY

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOYby Flyboy the Magnificent (as told to Uncle Charley) Chapter One: Up a Tree So, you’ve probably been wondering what I’ve been up to since I finished my fabulous, bestselling book, I AM FLYBOY.Right?Right!!!Of course, I’m right, … Continue reading

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HISTORICAL FICTION

THE HESITANT HEADSMANFlash Fictionby Charles McKelvy Me Da was of the smithing trade, so, as his first-born son, that is what I was to do.So there I was, one fine spring day, at his forge, bellowing the fire, when up … Continue reading

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

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MORNING GLORY

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TWICE BLESSED

EYE PIECE.9by Charles McKelvy, Obl. OSB May 12, 2021, Feelin’ and seein’ fine at Panera after folllow-up visit Well, here I am—along with Natalie Dearest—at Panera in Saint Joe. This is where my whole Pocket Books writing renaissance began.That was … Continue reading

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SEEING IS BELIEVING

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POST OP

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GOING COASTAL

Travels with Charley:Travel by Coastal Plainby Charles McKelvy We finally got to explore the Nature Conservancy’s magnificent Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve in nearby Covert, Michigan.On my 71st birthday no less.We discovered the Ross Preserve, quite by accident, one day … Continue reading

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EYE PIECE.8

EYE PIECE.8by Charles McKelvy, Obl. OSB May 9, 2021, wide-eyed at the South Shore Health & Racquet Club This is the first time I’ve been here since my first cataract surgery.That was on April 27, and I swam some quality, … Continue reading

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A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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EYE PIECE.7

EYE PIECE.7by Charles McKelvy, Obl. OSB May 7, 2021 deep within the Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve, Covert, Michigan So here we are sitting on a bench at the north end of the Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve, on a … Continue reading

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EYE PIECE.6

EYE PIECE.6by Charles McKelvy, Obl. OSB My 71st birthday: May 7, 2021.What better way in which to celebrate my 71st birthday than to take my bride of nearly 44 years for a tour of the Nature Conservancy’s Ross Coastal Plain … Continue reading

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KIDS IN THE WOODS

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EYE PIECE.5

EYE PIECE.5by Charles McKelvy, Obl. OSB Cinco de Mayo, 2021, Great Lakes Eye Care So, here I am waiting for my follow-up exam after my cataract surgery on my left eye, on April 27. A week, and one day ago, … Continue reading

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