Susan C. Willett

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Photos: Flying Squirrels Boris and Natasha

Photos: Flying Squirrels Boris and Natasha

A photo shoot featuring flying squirrels Boris and Natasha

By February 12, 2011 Read More →
Gliding in the Night: A Visit from Flying Squirrels

Gliding in the Night: A Visit from Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels some to visit.

By February 6, 2011 Read More →
Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

The day began with freezing rain that fell upon thimble-height snow.  As light filtered through the clouds, branches became slick and shiny.  The trees in the woods behind our house were clearwhite limned, giving the forest a chilled, yet delicate air. Ice-coated limbs bent sadly with the weight of their cold burden. Encased leaves, sticks […]

By February 2, 2011 Read More →
Athena and her Precious

Athena and her Precious

“It’s my precioussssss.”  I can almost hear Athena channeling Gollum from Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings books. It haunts her, this precious item; she desires it greatly. The Precious?It’s a hair tie…an elastic hair band. The coated kind. Thick. A garden-variety, 10 for 99 cents, put-your-hair-up-in-a-ponytail stretchy circle. And it’s very, Very Important to Athena. […]

By January 30, 2011 Read More →
What the Snow Reveals

What the Snow Reveals

A walk around our property gives me a peek into the lives of the other residents with whom we share our outdoor space. Their stories are written in the snow, but I’m only slightly familiar with the language, and thus can only guess at the authors and their meaning. Walk with me:My dogs have provided […]

By January 23, 2011 Read More →
Kelsey (1984 – 1997)

Kelsey (1984 – 1997)

It was probably not the best way to pick out a pup. My husband at the time wasn’t too keen on having a dog, so I thought if he made the choice, he would be more likely to warm up to the idea. At the shelter, there was a litter of what looked like sheltie […]

By January 17, 2011 Read More →
Welcome to the Winter Games

Welcome to the Winter Games

I can only try to imagine what goes through Jasper’s or Lilah’s heads when they see that it has snowed. That said, it was pretty easy to guess the first time they encountered the cold white stuff on the ground last winter.  Both dogs were thinking, “The ground is covered with Snacks!”  If you’ve ever […]

By January 16, 2011 Read More →
Cats and Dogs Living Together

Cats and Dogs Living Together

It wasn’t easy. I think if I knew just how much work it would be, I might have stopped it before it began. Bringing 2 kittens into a house ruled by dogs does not sound like a good idea. But my son played me like a drum set, pounding me with emotional arguments until I […]

By January 2, 2011 Read More →
Athena

Athena

Her words are measured and parsed, quietly and only at the appropriate times. If there’s too much noise in the room, you might not even hear her. Athena speaks softy. She is tidy, thoughtful and methodical. Every move is calculated, purposeful and intended. She meant to do it. Athena plans carefully. Unless she’s chasing her […]

By December 19, 2010 Read More →
Dawn

Dawn

    “Mep.”  That’s what Dawn says all the time. It’s an all-purpose word. It can mean, “Feed me.” It can mean, “I need a lap.” It can also be physical punctuation–a sound that adds emphasis as she lands on the chair, then the bench, then the bookshelf. And I’ve also heard it used as […]

By December 18, 2010 Read More →