Opening morning of deer season. Five degrees above zero. Cold. But so quiet. Not a sound. No crows cawing in the distance. No squirrels chattering. No pileated woodpecker destroying a dead white pine. Not even a chickadee calling.
Then it is six-thirty and a rifle shot shatters the silence and echoes over the hills and through the valleys.
And once more it is quiet as I pull up my collar and pour a cup of steaming coffee and stare through the early morning cold. What could be better?
The Old Timer says: Try and try again, and maybe once more. But then try something different.
November 28, 7:30 PM. Wisconsin Public Television, Here and Now program. Old Farm.
December 6, 10-2:00 PM, Fireside Books, West Bend, WI. Featuring Old Farm. Presentation and book signing.
December 9, 6:30 PM, Watertown Public Library. Old Farm and other stories.
December 13, 9:30-11:30 AM, Sheboygan Falls, Library. Sheboygan County Historical
Research Center. Old Farm: A History.
December 14, 1:00-3:00 PM. Barnes and Noble West, Madison. Books signing. Old Farm.